Search for teens who escaped police continues

Four teens are on the run after escaping from a Detroit treatment center, late Thursday night.All four have criminal records and police need your help to find them.

The mother of Michael Robinson, one of the teens who escaped from the Don Bosco Depaul Youth Treatment Center, is making a plea for him to turn himself in.

"I'm concerned about my child," said Ericka Ellis, Michael Robinson's mother. "I didn't want him out on the streets. I don't want anything to happen to him."

Investigators say he and three others broke out of the medium security mental health facility on Thursday night and so far no one has seen them.

"Some clergy were in there doing a church sermon,  one of the priests was walking out  when they rushed passed him and got out the front door," said Capt. Darin Szilagy.

Robinson and Duane Stiff Brown are 16 and Devonte Kenny and Kenyata Saxton are 17. The four were serving out their sentences at the center in the 600 block of East Grand Boulevard when they fled.

They had been convicted of various crimes including retail fraud, stealing a car, breaking and entering and probation violations.

"I was surprised this happened," said neighbor Ed Maki Schramm. "Security is very tight. I've talked to caregivers over the years and they seemed professional and credible people.

"I'm really surprised it happened."

Witnesses told police the teens ran in different directions which is why they don't believe a lot of planning went into their escape.

In a statement, the director of health, veterans and community wellness which contracts work out of the facility, says they are now looking into the policies and procedures.

Robinson's mom, who says her son was being treated for anger issues, hopes he will think this out and do the right thing.

"He made a bad decision," Ellis said. "I don't want people to be judging him."

Investigators are currently looking into any leads in hopes of finding the teens. They say if you do see the teens, do not approach them, but call Detroit police at (313) 596-5300.

 


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