COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 16-year-old inmate who escaped from a South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice facility has been captured and returned to custody.
Juvenile Justice Department officials confirmed on Twitter that the teenager was found around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, about 8 miles away from the Columbia facility he escaped from.
Someone called and tipped off authorities to his location. The teen left the department’s Broad River Road Complex on Wednesday night, prompting a search by multiple agencies.
Authorities didn’t detail how he was able to escape.
News outlets report the teenager is serving a 35-year sentence for the sexual assault of a 72-year-old woman.
(WBTW) – News13 reported in December that Rios pleaded guilty to attempted murder, burglary, criminal sexual assault and kidnapping.
The victim in the initial case was left with ‘extensive injuries’ after an attack at her home, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
The Broad River Road Complex is the Department of Juvenile Justice’s long-term commitment facility, according to its website. The complex offers programs for boys and girls of all backgrounds and needs, including programs for youth sex offenders.