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Fla. Teens Caught After Jail Break

May 20, 2002

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LOWELL, Fla. (AP) _ Four teen-agers escaped from a juvenile detention facility by beating three guards, taking their keys, scaling a razor-wire fence and stealing a getaway car, officials said.

Marion County authorities caught the four 17-year-olds early Sunday, about an hour after their escape from the Marion Intensive Treatment Facility.

One was arrested just outside the detention center, where he told deputies about the getaway car. He was charged with escape.

The other three were arrested after a chase on an interstate in Alachua County, where they were being held. They were to be charged with aggravated battery, grand theft-auto and escape.

Two guards were treated and released Sunday. The third required 14 surgical staples in his head and broke his wrist.

Officials at the state Department of Juvenile Justice, which was investigating the escape, did not return phone messages Sunday seeking comment.

Lowell is about 70 miles northwest of Orlando.

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