Two teens escape juvenile detention center, found Saturday morning

Police say two teenagers broke out of the juvenile detention facility in Juneau on Friday night, but they were found and taken back into custody by night’s end.

The two 18-year-olds have since been charged with felony escape and misdemeanor criminal mischief, according to electronic court records. Police say they are being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center without bail.

Sgt. Chris Gifford said in a release that an employee of the Johnson Youth Center, located at 3252 Hospital Drive, reported the escape at 9:45 p.m. The caller told police he followed them for a short distance until he lost sight of them. He provided police a description of the two. JPD searched the area, but was unable to locate them, the release states.

About two hours later, at 12 a.m. Saturday, a caller in the area of Blackerby Street reported hearing voices outside of her home. JPD responded and discovered the tracks of two people moving in the direction of Lemon Creek. Officers again began to search the area, and this time located the teens inside a storage shed behind a residence in the 4300 block of Glacier Highway.

Police identified the two as Alexander J. Netling and Amante R. Frazier-Reese.

Further police investigation revealed they had caused damage to the JYC building during their escape, which resulted in the criminal mischief charges.

Electronic court records show Netling was charged with third-degree escape, a class ‘C’ felony that can be punishable by up to five years in prison, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class ‘A’ misdemeanor that can carry up to a year in jail.

Records show Netling was originally in custody for unlawful evasion and theft, both felonies. He is awaiting sentencing in that case.

Frazier-Reese was charged with second-degree escape, a class ‘B’ felony that can carry up to 10 years in prison, as well as misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief, according to court records.

It was not immediately clear why Frazier-Reese was being held at JYC.

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