FRESNO — Seven juvenile hall inmates overpowered unarmed staff members with baseball bats and pool cues and smashed wire-reinforced windows in a bid for freedom Sunday.
One youth, a 17-year-old who was held for six felonies, remained at large late Sunday, said Fresno County Sheriff's Lt. Don Burk. The youth was believed to be heading for Mexico.
Five juveniles were captured within an hour of the 10 a.m. escape, and a sixth was found around 4 p.m. Most were found within a mile of the Fresno County Juvenile Hall from which they escaped.
The escape, the largest and most violent in the facility's history, appeared to be planned, said Steve Crosby, an assistant director at the hall. Three escapees were believed to belong to the same gang, he said.