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Teens caught after escape from Piedmont Regional Juvenile Center


Virginia State Police say they have found two 17-year-old inmates who escaped the Piedmont Regional Juvenile Center on Saturday morning.

Police were notified of the escape at 6:25 a.m. They have not said where the teens were found.

Not one but two teenage inmates housed at the Piedmont Regional Juvenile Center lead police on a 6 hour chase that sent the surrounding community into a frenzy.

"It scared me because you never know especially when they are not releasing what they are in for. I know they are juveniles but still there are in there for something and it must be bad enough were they decided to escape," said Susan Edwards.

Susan Edwards lives nearby the jail, she had an errand to run on Saturday morning and out of fear packed her children up to come with her.

"It is frightening because you have to not only worry about yourself but your children," Edwards said.

Investigators say a third male tried to escape but was unsuccessful. The two that got away are serving time on charges related to violent crimes.

Authorities say they immediately began searching nearby areas and exhausted all resources to aid in the search.

"We had numerous man power in the area helping out with this search and we are following leads. There are currently some other investigations going on right now and we do have further investigations with these individuals and the staff did everything that they were supposed to here," Lt. Richard Hurak said.

Authorities say the two teens were captured 10 miles from the juvenile center along the High Bridge Trail

"We had an area in the town of Farmville that we were searching with K-9 and also had an area just west of here near a corner area we were checking as well," Hurak said.

Thankfully the two criminals are back behind bars--- Susan Edwards says she and her family will rest easy knowing that her family is safe.

The Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office and Farmville Police assisted with the search efforts.

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