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Runaway teen accused of assaulting officers

January 3, 2019

A 14-year-old boy evaded police for five days before he was arrested on suspicion of assault on a police officer, criminal impersonation and resisting arrest.

The series of incidents began Dec. 27, when a North Platte police officer responded to a call of an uncontrollable juvenile. It was reported the juvenile had refused to do his chores, then ran away, according to the North Platte Police Department. The boy could not be located and was reported to the Nebraska State Patrol as a runaway.

At 2:05 p.m. Monday, a police officer received information that the teen was in a vehicle that was driving on the “one-ways,” Jeffers and Dewey, in North Platte. The vehicle was spotted and the officer stopped it near G Street and York Avenue.

The boy, a passenger in the vehicle, gave the officer a false name and date of birth, according to information from the Police Department.

After confirming that the youth was the missing person through other means, officers attempted to arrest him.

A struggle ensued, during which both officers were injured. The Police Department said icy conditions in the area complicated the attempted arrest. The teen ran away.

Both officers were treated at a medical facility and released.

At 4:40 p.m. Monday, an officer received information that the boy was at an apartment on West Second Street. Two officers made contact with the juvenile. When they attempted to arrest him, another struggle ensued.

The juvenile was eventually arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center because no juvenile facilities were available.

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