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5 detainees in custody after escape from Wilder Youth Development Center

Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 5:55 AM CDT
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FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says five violent detainees who allegedly escaped the Wilder Youth Development Center Sunday night are now back in custody.

FCSO says the teens left in an “unknown direction of travel” after escaping the facility on foot. They were being detained on charges including carjacking, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a deadly weapon, theft of property and evading arrest.

On Monday morning investigators received reports of a group of young men walked near I-40 and Bernard Road. FCSO was able to take the teens back into custody.

Four of the teens are from Memphis and one is from Selmer, according to investigators. Names of the juveniles cannot be reported by law.

They are now facing additional charges of escape and vandalism for damage to the security fence that was cut to escape.

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