3 of 4 Teens Caught After Escape From Byron Boys Ranch

BYRON, Contra Costa County (CBS SF) — Three of four boys who walked away from an unlocked youth detention facility in Byron on Monday night were arrested in Antioch Tuesday afternoon, Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

Antioch police arrested the three boys—two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old—at a Walmart store at about noon, Lee said.

The fourth boy, a 15-year-old, is still outstanding, Lee said.

One of the boys left the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility, also known as the Byron Boys Ranch, located at 4491 Bixler Road in Byron, at about 8:20 p.m., Chief Deputy Probation Officer Paula Hernandez said.

Three other boys left about 20 minutes later, Hernandez said.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

The facility, which is designed to rehabilitate low-level delinquent youths, is not locked or fenced, Hernandez said. It is in a remote part of unincorporated eastern Contra Costa County surrounded by fields.

Boys who are sent to the facility have generally committed nonviolent, misdemeanor crimes and are committed to the ranch as a way to keep them out of the criminal justice system and give them a chance to be rehabilitated, Hernandez said.

On Monday night, the sheriff’s office sent out a precautionary emergency notification telling residents in Byron and Discovery Bay that the four teens had escaped and advising them to stay inside while deputies searched for them, Lee said.

The notification stated that one of the boys was believed to be dangerous, but Lee said Tuesday he doesn’t believe residents were in danger.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the whereabouts of the remaining boy to call dispatch at (925) 646-2441.

The probation department will likely not recommend that they return to the boys’ ranch, Hernandez said.

“Their futures will be in the hands of the juvenile court system,” Hernandez said.

Walk-aways at the boys’ ranch have become less frequent in recent months, Hernandez said. The last boy to walk away left about six months ago, and before that, staff members celebrated an entire year without a single walk-away, she said.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the fourth boy’s whereabouts to call dispatch at (925) 646-2441.

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  • Joe Taxpaying

    at what point will we start treating dangerous “juvenile” criminals as regular criminals? How about issuing pictures so that the law abiding citizens know who to watch out for?

    • Kati

      Because it’s against the law to put pictures of juveniles on the internet or the news.
      Iagree though, they should be treated the exact same.
      When i was 14 and 15, i knew the difference from right and wrong.
      And i’ll admit, i was put in juvi a few times for stupd (non violent) crimes.
      I guess i’m a little smarter than these boys in the sense that i wouldnt try to escape! How dumb can you be?

      • Anon

        Once you commit a crime and get sent to a correctional facility you lose all rights you had.

    • Allison

      because these kids were convicted of non violent crimes, and seriously man what is considered today to be a serious crime would have been considered a stupid prank when i was a kid.

  • marta

    If there is a young person who is considered “mentally challenged” then a juvenile corrections facility is the WRONG place for him to get help!

  • Give me a break!

    Yeah right, when they say “mentally challenged” they mean he “suffers from depression” because mommy didn’t hug him enough….. so he started robbing people. He doesn’t sound that mentally challenged if he managed to escape a boys ranch! And I’m sure they are dangerous, if they are willing to escape from a correctional facility then they are most likely facing charges that could result in some serious time behind bars. Where are the pictures at? How are people supposed to know what to look out for?

    • Mari

      As usual, it’s against “the law” to show the pictures because we have to “protect” the guilty. Even though not knowing specifically what they look like puts the public at even more peril all because they are “children” convicted of only God knows what ANYWAY! But WHATEVER!

      However, based on those four descriptions, these boys need to split up quick because their descriptions, if they stay together, will get them caught quick! LOL!

  • Chris

    Unfortunately these kids don’t stand a chance in our society. I’ve seen, first hand, how poorly our system handles our troubled youth. These children grow up in broken homes. Who’s parents grew up in broken homes. Rap sheets a mile long. It’s a vicious cycle that our system has yet to find a solution for. Free handouts just don’t cut it. Guidance, supervision and tough love is the only way to help them. Otherwise, we’ll have generation after generation of criminals to deal with.

    • Mari

      Trust me, Chris, the system aka the American government at each level could care less about any of us, much less kids who grow up to be the next career criminal which keeps your penal system up and running… kids like these provide life-long job security. Now, why would you want to interfere with that, Chris? I’m just sayin’!

  • Mystic Reader

    Anyone else find it odd that it was two huge black guys and two scrawny hispanic guys!!! Good luck to all of them seems like a lot more going on then escaping. These boys don’t have to follow in the footsteps of everyone they know, with positive influences and plenty of tough love I have seen it done. I know kids from both sides and all backgrounds and situations some make it out better and some end up worse.

  • Nickolas Robinson

    I know about Byron Boys Ranch, and if they got sent there, they are dangerous and they had to earn a world of serious criminal offenses to get there.
    You should be worried. And they should be locked in a box.

    • donovan

      Not according to the Deputy Hernandez:
      “Boys who are sent to the facility have generally committed nonviolent, misdemeanor crimes and are committed to the ranch as a way to keep them out of the criminal justice system and give them a chance to be rehabilitated.”

      So it’s minimum security.

  • vicki

    Why is there no mention of the nearby middle school? What safety measures are being taken to protect those students?

  • Disgusted taxpayer

    I can see the boys ranch from my house, and we didn’t get the cal from the sheriff’s department until 11:15 pm – that’s 3 hours after they escaped! Way to protect the community, sheriff!

  • John Y

    What’s the identity of the third boy? There is no mention of ethnicity whether he’s white, black, asian or hispanic but all others are mentioned. This clearly shows that racism is still among us even though we all live in a very diverse community in california.

    Trouble kids should still be fenced in to get a feel of how prison is like. This will also help prevent situations like these.

  • ex convict

    My son was there and I wanted him to escape. Terrible place for kids to go. it’s like gladiator school.

  • David Tanis

    I bet they were trying to get jobs at wal-mart. They should have read the application. wal-mart states they hire parolees not escapees.

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