SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Six high risk juvenile offenders at Echo Glen Children's Center near Seattle were captured early Sunday morning after they assaulted a staff member and escaped the facility.
The incident started around 11:30 Saturday night. Six boys – ages 14 and 15 - attacked a female staff member and left her unconscious. The boys took her keys and radio, and locked her in a room. She laid there unconscious until other boys at the facility found her and reported the incident.
King County Sheriff's Deputies arrived and were assisted by troopers from the Washington State Patrol and officers from the Snoqualmie Police Department.
A perimeter was quickly established in the wooded area near the facility and the Sheriff's Office Guardian One Helicopter arrived to search the area.
When spotted by Guardian One, the boys split up into three groups of two and ran in different directions.
Deputies in the helicopter were able to direct the deputies and K-9 units to the boys.
One of the offenders was bitten by a K-9 dog while trying to escape. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. The other five boys were arrested and booked at the Youth Services Center for Assault 2, Unlawful Imprisonment and Escape.
The majority of the boys were in the facility for Assault and Firearms convictions.
Echo Glen Children's Center is a medium and maximum security facility run by the state Department of Social and Health Services. The facility is not fenced, but is bordered by natural wetlands. It provides treatment services for younger male offenders and is the main institution for female juvenile offenders, according to its website.