Teen Who Escaped From Golden Juvenile Detention Center Captured In Colorado Springs
A teenager who authorities say escaped from a juvenile detention facility in Golden in June was captured Monday night by Colorado Springs Police.
Colorado Springs' violent fugitive task force found and arrested 18-year-old Quinn Scaggs, according to Lt. Jim Sokolik. Scaggs had been missing from Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center.
"In addition to the escape warrant for Lookout Mountain, he was also taken into custody for two outstanding robbery warrants for two robberies that occurred in the Springs on Saturday morning," Sokolik said.
Both robberies were reported at hotels. According to police records, Scaggs allegedly held employees at gunpoint, demanded money, and then pistol-whipped employees at both hotels early Saturday morning before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money.
Scaggs escaped from Lookout Mountain on June 25 by tearing out molding and ripping out the window in his room, authorities said. He used bedsheets to get over the perimeter fence.
A pair of teen offenders escaped using bedsheets a month earlier but were caught after a short car chase.
The Denver Post reported Tuesday that Scaggs previously faced five felony charges, including three alleged assaults against correctional officers, according to court records.
Scaggs is in custody awaiting formal charges.
Child safety organizations expressed concern over the use of force and solitary confinement at the center. A staff member was arrested in April on suspicion of storing child porn images on his Twitter account.
The Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center holds 140 male juvenile offenders.
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