Sheriff: 5 incarcerated teens assault staff, escape

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Five teenagers serving sentences for felonies assaulted staff members at Echo Glen Children’s Center near Snoqualmie Wednesday and escaped the state-run juvenile rehabilitation facility in a car, The King County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Tim Meyer said the teens are all boys between the ages of 14 and 17, and two have escaped previously, The Seattle Times reported.

One of the boys was convicted of murder, while the others were convicted of crimes including possession of stolen property and robbery, Meyer said.

Meyer didn’t provide details of the escape but said several staff members were assaulted around 7:45 a.m., suffering minor injuries. Meyer identified the stolen car as a 2018 Ford Fusion that’s part of the state motor pool.

Warrants are being issued for their arrests.

Echo Glen Children’s Center is an medium and maximum security facility bordered by natural wetlands and is run by the state Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration