Two teenage offenders escape while on work detail in the Valley

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Two teens assigned to a Johnson Youth Center work detail walked away from their work site Sunday. Alaska State Troopers are seeking Juneau residents' help locating the pair.

Akira Uehara, 18, from Juneau, and Brandon Galvin, 19, from Craig, were working at a horse stable near Mendenhall Loop Road and Steelhead Drive, where JYC youths have worked for about a year and a half. Their disappearance was reported at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Johnson Youth Center is a juvenile jail run by the state Department of Health and Social Services.

Uehara, who turned 18 on Sept. 22, was sent to the Johnson Youth Center for a probation violation. Previously he had been in the center after being found responsible for first-degree vehicle theft, third-degree assault and burglary.

He stands 5 feet 7 and weighs 183 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Galvin had been found responsible for three counts of first-degree vehicle theft, second- degree theft, fourth-degree weapons misconduct, and failure to stop at the direction of a police officer.

He stands 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 142 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes.

JYC Superintendent Greg Roth said judges decide how long youths will be at the center. Sometimes they stay beyond their 18th birthdays when they agree in court to continue to receive treatment as juveniles.

"We've had lots of kids out on work details," he said. He added it has been a couple of years since a youth has walked away from a work detail.

To work away from the campus, a youth has to demonstrate responsibility and show he can be trusted, Roth said. The center has had various supervised community work service sites around Juneau, including at Habitat for Humanity and the Southeast Alaska Independent Living Program.

"They were still in the juvenile system," Roth said of the missing youths. Leaving custody, though, is an adult crime, he said.

Roth said the youths could be charged with unlawful evasion, a misdemeanor crime, as opposed to an escape charge that would apply if they had broken out of a detention facility or overpowered the people supervising them.

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.



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