Caught teen escapee needed food, clothes

A 16-year-old boy who escaped from San Francisco’s juvenile detention center last month is in custody after he reportedly returned home for food, rest and clothes.

The teenager, who broke out of the Juvenile Justice Center on Woodside Avenue along with a 12-year-old boy on April 16, was detained Thursday at his parents’ home, Chief Probation Officer William Siffermann said.

The 12-year-old was back in custody two days after the jail break, having also been found at his respective home.

Exactly how the pair escaped the facility is still under investigation, Siffermann said Friday.

Preliminary reports indicated the boys punched through a window with a metal object, squeezed through a square-foot-size window, then cleared a 20-foot-tall barbed-wire fence in order to break free.

The 16-year-old had been in custody for a probation violation, Siffermann said, while the younger boy was in for a property crime.

Siffermann would not comment on where the 16-year-old had been hiding since his escape  or what led to his capture.

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