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* Escape Attempt at Marin County Juvenile Hall

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An attempted break-in at Marin County Juvenile Hall early this morning was apparently an attempt to help free a San Rafael teenager accused of stealing a celebrity chef’s Lamborghini and a shooting in Mill Valley, a sheriff’s lieutenant said. Max Wade, who turned 18 today and was scheduled to be transferred to the county jail this morning, was apparently the target of the attempted break-in around 4:30 a.m. at the juvenile hall facility at 16 Jeannette Prandi Way in unincorporated Marinwood, sheriff’s Lt. Barry Heying said.

Deputies responded to an emergency call after a suspect allegedly tried to break into the facility but was not able to penetrate the wall of the housing building, Heying said. Deputies found a sledgehammer, bolt cutters and a backpack containing clothing in the area, according to Heying. Heying said investigators believe the break-in attempt was an effort to release Wade, who he called the facility’s “most high-profile prisoner.” Wade has been charged as an adult in connection with the theft of celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s yellow Lamborghini from a San Francisco car dealership last year, as well as shooting into an occupied vehicle in Mill Valley this April.

Today is Wade’s 18th birthday and he was scheduled to be moved later this morning to county jail, but instead was moved there immediately after the attempted break-in, Heying said. Marin County sheriff’s officials planned to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. today to further discuss the case.

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