The following is a joint press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Mendocino County Probation Department:
On 10-02-2022 at approximately 11:09 A.M. the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received radio traffic from staff working at the Mendocino County Juvenile Detention Center advising two detained youths had just escaped custody.
Prior to their escape, the two detained youths were working in the garden within the confines of the facility. Both detained youths were able to climb a 12-foot fence topped with razor wire.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies, Officers from the Ukiah Police Department and Mendocino County Probation Department personnel responded to the area the two detained youths were last seen running towards.
Within a few minutes, the juvenile female was located and detained. The juvenile female was transported by ambulance to a local hospital to receive treatment from injuries sustained during her escape.
The juvenile male was not immediately located. The Sheriff’s Office and Ukiah Police Department issued Nixle alerts to residents of the immediate area advising them to be on the lookout for the juvenile male.
At approximately 2:22 P.M. the Ukiah Police Department was dispatched to a possible sighting of the juvenile male in the area of Hazel Avenue in Ukiah. Deputies and Officers responded to the area and located the juvenile male who was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.
Both the juvenile male and juvenile female will potentially face new charges of Escape from Custody (4532 PC).
As with any incident of this nature, the Mendocino County Probation Department will be reviewing any relevant policies and practices connected to the situation. In addition, the Garden Project will be suspended while the department works with county officials to make adjustments to the facility to limit any future occurrences.
The Mendocino County Probation Department would like to thank the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office and the Ukiah Police Department for their assistance with the apprehension of the two minors.