Youths sought after daunting jail escape 

Two youths pulled off a daunting escape from a San Francisco juvenile detention facility Tuesday night by reportedly squeezing through a square-foot sized window and making it beyond a 20-foot barbed wire fence.

The boys, ages 12 and 16, escaped from the Juvenile Justice Center at 300 Woodside Road at about 9:40 p.m. and are still on the loose despite a thorough police search that lasted until 2 a.m., authorities said Wendesday.

Chief Probation Officer William Siffermann said he doesn’t know how the boys, who were housed in a unit serving the youngest or lowest-risk youths, managed to escape.

“They punched out a one-foot square window and squeezed through,” Siffermann said. “They still would have to climb a 20-foot fence….and it’s really rough terrain.”

Police officers reportedly searched the area within and surrounding the barbed wire fence. The Fire Department assisted by providing emergency lighting for the search. The search will continue to today, Silvermann said, and juvenile arrest warrants are being issued. The youths’ parents have been contacted, he added.

One of the boys had just been admitted to the facility, while the other had been there for a few weeks. The reason for their detention is not being released because they are minors.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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