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One of 5 Augusta Youth Development Campus escapees still at large

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 12:42 AM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 11:02 PM
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An 18-year-old serving time for armed robbery was still at large Saturday, the last of five inmates who escaped Friday night from the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

Wayne Johnson is described as black, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He has close-cut black hair, brown eyes and no identifying marks or tattoos. He was wearing state-issued blue shorts and a white, sleeved T-shirt. He is wanted on charges of theft by taking by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office after he and the four other YDC escapees reportedly stole a car on Tobacco Road.

The car was abandoned near Meadow­brook Drive and Byron Place, according to a state Department of Juvenile Justice news release.

One other escapee, Kendrick Johnson, 17, is in the Richmond County jail on the same charges and is being held as an adult. He is not related to Wayne Johnson, authorities said. Three other escapees, one 16 and two 15, were released back into Juvenile Justice custody, sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Leisey said.

Jim Shuler, the director of communications for Juvenile Justice, said the youths were separated and sent to other secure facilities with instructions that they be kept under close watch.

How they escaped was not immediately clear. YDC was placed on immediate lockdown while investigators looked into the escape. Juvenile Justice has assigned investigators to the facility to “search the perimeter for security deficiencies, conduct a facility safety review, and to look for any laxes in protocols or policy violations which may have contributed to the escape,” a statement said. The department refused to elaborate when asked by e-mail.

After the five were missing during roll call, a corrections officer who was headed home spotted them on the side of the road and alerted authorities, the statement said.

The sheriff’s office was called in to help about 10:30 p.m. Juvenile Justice would not say what time the escape occurred.

The escapees stole a woman’s car in the 1700 block of Tobacco Road and led deputies on a chase, authorities said. Three were quickly recaptured. One ran from the car but was tracked and found later, authorities said. Wayne Johnson, believed to be the driver, got away.

Authorities requested the Georgia State Patrol helicopter to help in the search for him in woods near where the car was abandoned. Juvenile Justice said anyone who sees Wayne Johnson should call 911 and not approach him. It would not release any further description of Johnson.

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Tullie 10/20/12 - 05:50 am

What the heck is going on in that place?

Someone needs to seriously look at this place. Looks like new management needs to be put in place pronto!

Ruckus 10/20/12 - 07:37 am

The childeren are our future...Whitney Houston

OpenCurtain 10/20/12 - 08:25 am
Whats needed?

Better locks (keys are optional),
Better population controls,
and a mind set to run it like a prison and not a social re-education daycare.

Some of these kids are serious criminals, not just shoplifters, or truants.

What was the 5th one charged with?

Is he a possible danger to the community?

CobaltGeorge 10/20/12 - 08:43 am

Another place to waste Tax payers money. Period.

madgerman 10/20/12 - 10:42 am
Start with a name change that

Start with a name change that reflects criminals. I am glad we are still protecting the little heathens by not telling the populace what their names were or why they were in the "development facility" for.

AutumnLeaves 10/20/12 - 02:11 pm

Okay. Not in my neighborhood this time, but on the same street as one of my best friends. Always! too close for comfort!

OpenCurtain 10/20/12 - 09:02 pm
How about a PhotoThat shows facial details

This should be easy, all I have to do is look for a gang banger without Tattoos. That has to narrow it it down to around 100 out of 3 or 4 thousand.

Surely there must be a Photo somewhere of this Convicted Armed Robber, who escaped the Youth Daycare facility?

Note: as of 8:53pm Update the the facility 24 hours later is quoted as saying: "How they escaped was not immediately clear."

So should we expect a repeated round staff terminations?

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