Two inmates fail escape attempt from juvenile facility 

The game of hide-and-seek eluded two young men who botched an attempt to escape a minimum-security juvenile detention facility in San Mateo County on Saturday, authorities said.

The juveniles were serving time in the Log Cabin Ranch youth detention facility in La Honda when they escaped sometime before 4 p.m., the county sheriff said.

Sheriff deputies went on the hunt after consulting facility staffers. One sheriff, Deputy Robert Willett, found the juveniles on a dirt road that runs parallel to Alpine Road, adjacent to the Dimas Ranch, authorities said. Willett exited his patrol car and ordered the escapees to halt. One complied while the other fled — running down a hill, across a creek and 50 yards down a trail, they said.

Even after Willett took the time to handcuff one escapee and put him in the back seat of the patrol car, the second escapee failed to escape, authorities said. Willett eyed the path in which he fled, followed it, and eventually found the juvenile on a trail — hiding behind a tree, the sheriff said.

“Deputy Willett ordered the escapee out from behind the tree and he complied,” the sheriff said.

One escapee earned his way into the detention center for possession of a concealed weapon and the other for assault with a deadly weapon, authorities said.

Juvenile detention centers in San Mateo County are often criticized for the number of escapes. The last escape was in March. A sheriff spokesman has said that the area is remote, making it difficult to run away on foot.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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