A 15-year-old Apalachicola male, who escaped custody while on a transport Monday to the juvenile detention center in Tallahassee, was arrested in Apalachicola the following day, according to Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel.
The juvenile was being transported to juvenile detention by a Franklin County deputy when he asked to use the restroom at Hudson Park in Crawfordville. The juvenile escaped from custody by running from the deputy.
Wakulla assisted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in locating the juvenile who was reported missing by Franklin County at 5:38 p.m. The search included the Wakulla County Correctional Institution K-9 Unit, Franklin County Correctional Institution K-9 Unit, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and both the Wakulla and Franklin County sheriff’s offices.
Officers continued the search until 11:10 p.m. before calling it off for the night. Helicopters in the area at the time of the search were not part of the law enforcement operation.
On Tuesday, Franklin County deputies arrested the escaped teenager at his home. He was transported back to the Wakulla County Jail where he was booked on the escape charge, and released back to the custody of the Franklin Sheriff’s Office. The juvenile is facing charges of burglary, dealing in stolen property and grand theft in Franklin County.
Deputy Will Hudson, Lt. Brent Sanders, Sgt. Ryan Muse, Deputy Gibby Gibson, Capt. Chris Savary and Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated from the WCSO.