Younger of two juvenile detention escapees in custody 

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A 12-year-old boy who escaped a San Francisco juvenile detention facility by apparently squeezing through a square-foot-size window Tuesday night was taken into custody at his home in The City on Thursday, Chief Probation Officer William Siffermann said.

Authorities were still searching Thursday for the 16-year-old who joined the younger boy in the challenging escape from the Juvenile Justice Center at 375 Woodside Ave.

Along with fitting through the small window, the boys had to clear a 20-foot-tall barbed-wire fence in order to break free. The incident was reported at about 9:40 p.m., and police who reportedly searched the area until 2 a.m. were unable to find the boys, even with The Fire Department providing emergency lighting.

The boys were being housed in a unit serving the youngest or lowest-risk offenders and reportedly used a metal fixture to punch through the small window.

An internal investigation has been launched into the incident, Siffermann said. He declined to discuss specifics on the escape until the probe has been completed.

“We have a pretty good idea of the route that he took, and we’ll need to confirm that,” Siffermann said.

The 16-year-old was in for a probation violation, Siffermann said, while the younger boy was in for a property crime.

Further information about the boys was not released because they are minors.


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