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9 juveniles escape from Pennsylvania detention center after riot, authorities say

Morgantown, Pa. — Nine juveniles escaped Sunday night from Abraxas Academy, a juvenile detention center in Morgantown, the Berks County District Attorney’s Office said.

It happened just after 8 o’clock, according to the DA’s office.

There was a riot just before the escape, Pennsylvania State Police said, but authorities said law enforcement subsequently regained control of the facility.

It was unclear if anyone was injured.

Police have confirmed 9 male juveniles have escaped from the Abraxas Academy in Morgantown after a riot broke out

Police say they have now taken back control of the juvenile facility. Several agencies have responded.

Multiple agencies responded, the DA’s office said.

The Caernarvon Police Department said the escapees were wearing white or grey T-shirts.

The Caernarvon PD was working with the State Police to recapture the juveniles.

Morgantown sent out multiple alerts to people who live near the academny, and officials asked anyone near Interstate 76 and Route 10 to remain vigilant.

Police said anyone who encounters any of the escapees should contact 9-1-1 immediately.

The Twin Valley School School District, roughly six miles from Abraxas, said it would decide Monday morning whether to open schools or not.

TVSD Families, This evening there was a riot at Abraxas Academy located at 1000 Academy Drive. State and local law…

Posted by Twin Valley School District on Sunday, September 17, 2023

“As always, we will err on the side of caution and staff and student safety in all decisions we make,” the school district said in part in a Facebook post.

The escape came after Danelo Cavalcante, a convicted murderer who broke out of prison, was captured after a 14-day manhunt in Chester County.

The search for Cavalcante involved law enforcement from local, state and federal agencies.

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