3 teens who escaped detention facility caught; 4th on run faces murder charge

By Rebecca Everett| reverett@njadvancemedia.com|

Tim Hawk | For NJ.com
Joseph Luna, middle, looks at the damage on his jeep after it was hit by four teens in a stolen car Buerger Street, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Authorities are searching for four teens that escaped from Harborfields Youth Detention Facility in Egg Harbor City. with him is Steve Woolston.

BRIDGETON — Three of the four teenagers who allegedly overpowered a corrections officer and escaped from a youth detention facility in Egg Harbor City were caught a county away near South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, officials said.

Atlantic County Sheriff Michael Petusky said he does not know the circumstances of their capture, except that Bridgeton Police and New Jersey State Police collared the three.

“I do thank those folks,” he said at a briefing around 10 a.m. “They did make it a pretty good distance.”

The teen who remains at large is Michael Huggins, 18, Petusky said.

Huggins was indicted by a grand jury in Cumberland County Superior Court in September on first-degree murder charges for allegedly shooting a 21-year-old Bridgeton man during a robbery on Oct. 7, 2016, according to Cumberland County criminal case management. He was due in court in December.

Petusky did not say if investigators believe Huggins is also in the Bridgeton area, but the dozens of law enforcement officials who had convened on Egg Harbor City for the overnight search were disbanding after hearing the news of the captures around 10 a.m.

It’s not clear how the teens made it to Bridgeton, which is around 50 minutes from where they were last seen in Egg Harbor City.

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