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San Francisco Police Identify Two Who Escaped Juvenile Hall

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A 12-year-old boy who escaped from San Francisco’s juvenile hall with a fellow inmate on Tuesday night was found at his mother’s home this afternoon, authorities said. The escape was reported at 9:54 p.m. Tuesday at the Youth Guidance Center at 375 Woodside Ave., near Laguna Honda Hospital, according to police. The pair, ages 12 and 16, escaped from a unit reserved for lower-risk and younger youth, smashing a roughly 1-square-foot window with a metal fixture in the room then squeezing through the opening, said William Siffermann, San Francisco’s chief juvenile probation officer. The boys then somehow made their way past a 20-foot-tall barbed-wire fence and escaped. The 12-year-old is being returned to the juvenile facility, Siffermann said at about 3 p.m. The 16-year-old, who was in custody for a probation violation, remains at large. He was last seen wearing inmate garb — a sweatshirt and khakis — and was likely wearing slippers or socks when he escaped, according to Siffermann. The 12-year-old was at the youth detention center after being arrested for a property-related offense, Siffermann said.

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