NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A teen who escaped from custody in Newport News has been captured, according to the Newport News Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Kathleen Carey with the Newport News Sheriff's Office told WAVY.com the teen was found and is back in the custody of deputies.
Thursday, Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan told WAVY.com he was frustrated a bit over the Wednesday escape of the teen from a holding area at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court .
"What makes this difficult is that he's a teen and he's a juvenile. So, by law I can't release his name, and I can't release his photo. So, I can't ask the public 'if you see this young man call us'," Morgan said.
Morgan says the teen was able to get past a deputy and out of the building through unlocked doors.
"While [the deputy] was securing one juvenile, the other juvenile took the opportunity to dart past him and had clear access to the outside because those doors were left open," according to the Sheriff. "This isn't a matter of we don't have the proper security procedures in place. This employee (the deputy) took short cuts."
The Sheriff said the escaped teen's home was searched and his family and friends questioned. He said the deputy involved in the escape faces disciplinary action. In addition, a security stand down has been ordered for deputies who work at the juvenile court to review policies and procedures.
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