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Escape from Services

June 1, 2012 permalink

A Massachusetts teenager knows what family services are worth. While being taken to court on a Department of Children and Families "child in need of services" warrant he escaped and fled.



Police: Teen bolts from courthouse

SALEM — A teenager being taken to Salem Juvenile Court for a hearing on whether he is a child in need of court supervision made a run for it yesterday morning as he was being let out of a vehicle outside the courthouse, police said.

The 16-year-old boy made it just two blocks before Salem police found him near the corner of Essex and Crombie streets just before 9 a.m.

Salem police Lt. Matthew Desmond said the boy, who was not handcuffed or shackled when he ran away, was being taken to court by the Department of Children and Families on a "child in need of services" warrant.

Such noncriminal warrants are typically issued for children and teenagers who are having behavioral issues but who are not necessarily charged with any crime.

As the boy fled, a passer-by saw the direction he headed and told Patrolman Gil Priddy, who was working a paid detail for a gas company crew a few yards from the courthouse on Federal Street. Priddy alerted his fellow officers, and less than 10 minutes after the teen fled, Capt. Thomas Griffin and Patrolman Barry Driscoll spotted him on Essex Street, Desmond said.

The teen was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge because of the chaos created during the search for him, Desmond said.

He was expected to be arraigned yesterday afternoon in Salem Juvenile Court, but those proceedings and their outcome are closed to the public.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis may be reached at 978-338-2521 or

Source: Salem News (Massachusetts)

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