Last YDC escapee caught

Wayne Johnson

The last of five escapees from Augusta Youth Development Campus has been captured, authorities said.

Wayne Johnson, 18, was found near Barton Chapel and Milledgeville roads just after 2 p.m. by a Richmond County deputy working off a tip from an off-duty Department of Juvenile Justice staff member, according to a statement from the DJJ.

Johnson was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of escape and theft by receiving, the statement said.

Johnson and four other YDC inmates escaped Friday night and stole a car off Tobacco Road. Three were captured after a chase with deputies, and another after a foot search.

"As a continuing security precaution, the Augusta detention facility remains on lockdown today while investigators verify how the escape occurred," the DJJ statement said. "Investigators from the DJJ Office of Investigations in Atlanta are on-site at Augusta YDC conducting a facility safety review, examining the campus for security deficiencies, and looking for any policy violations which may have contributed to the escape."

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