Two teens escape San Mateo County youth facility

Two teenagers escaped from a San Mateo County behavioral health center near Redwood City early Monday morning, and while one of the boys has been corralled by authorities, another remains on the loose.

The two boys, both of whom were on juvenile probation, walked out of the Canyon Oaks Youth Center at 400 Edmonds Road about 12:30 a.m. on Monday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Employing canine units in a yard-to-yard search, authorities found one of the boys, a 15-year-old, at Cordilleras and Bennett roads just 20 minutes after the escape, according to the sheriff's office.  Upon his discovery, the boy was transferred to juvenile hall by authorities.

The other boy, a 14-year-old, is still missing and described as Caucasian, 5-feet-5-inches tall and 160 pounds, according to the sheriff's office.  He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

The Canyon Oaks Youth Center is an unlocked residence where juveniles are referred to by various health and public safety groups, according to Doris Estremera, spokeswoman for the San Mateo County Health Department, the agency that operates the facility.

The center is home to juveniles with a history of behavioral and mental health issues, Estremera said.

San Mateo County has been the scene of several recent escapes involving youths, including two with violent backgrounds.

County authorities are still searching for Josue Orozco, a 17-year-old alleged gang member and murder suspect who escaped from a higher-security facility in San Mateo.  Orozco, accused of killing a rival gang member, hopped over a wall at the Youth Services Center on February 14, and has not been seen since.

In mid-July, 16-year-old Adrian Sedano walked out of Camp Glenwood, a facility like Canyon Oaks that is unlocked and without perimeter fences.  Authorities later arrested Serrano in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 23-year-old man in Redwood City on Aug. 9.

On Friday, a San Mateo County Judge ordered a halt on all referrals to Camp Glenwood until increased security measures were put in place.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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