Academy student apprehended

Authorities take one of two students into custody at the Buchanan County Academy.

Two juveniles associated with the Buchanan County Academy escaped Friday afternoon, from Webster School, where they receive classroom education.

The break away from confinement sparked a law enforcement search from Midtown to North Third located in the hills behind Krug Park.

The juveniles escaped from the Webster Learning Center at 1211 N. 18th St., said Joe Herrera, a St. Joseph Police Department school resource officer.

One juvenile was taken into custody on the North End of St. Joseph at 3521 N. Third St., Herrera said. He’d been wearing an orange jumpsuit but had changed clothes, he said. A second juvenile not associated with the academy was taken into custody for allegedly assisting the escapee, the officer said.

The search was ongoing for the second student at the Buchanan County Academy, which is a juvenile detention facility.

This juvenile, believed to be wearing a yellow jump suit, remained at large as of 4 p.m., officials said.

The resource officer at Webster said he heard rumors Friday about the two wanting to bust loose. But Herrera told News-Press NOW before he could act he got called away from Webster to deal with other school issues and wasn’t present when the two succeeded in busting out and took off running.

Several police officers and three Buchanan County juvenile officers assisted in the investigation and arrest of the runaway.

Police don’t release the names of juvenile offenders unless the courts rule the juvenile will be tried as an adult.

Marshall White can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPWhite. News-Press NOW anchor Bob Heater assisted with this report.