Teen inmates caught in Knoxville after escape

Teen inmates caught in Knoxville after escape

Posted: Updated: March 27, 2009 06:06 PM EDT
Jamar Siler was caught about an-hour-and-a-half after his escape. Jamar Siler was caught about an-hour-and-a-half after his escape.

By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Officers re-captured two teen inmates who escaped Friday from a juvenile detention center in Knoxville.

Jamar Siler and Brian Dearmond escaped from the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center at 3321 Division Street around 1:00 p.m.  They were on the loose for about an hour-and-a-half before being apprehended.

Siler is charged with the fatal shooting of a student at Central High School in August 2008.

Brian Dearmond, 16, is charged as an adult in an armed robbery.

The teens broke away from a group they were with, got away from guards and made it out an unlocked gate, left open so painters could work more easily.

No guards were injured in the escape.

Officers with K9s caught the pair at nearby John Tarleton Center, which is on the same street. A helicopter from the Knox County Sheriff's Office helped keep an eye on the search so the teens didn't make it to Interstate 40.

Juvenile Center Superintendent Richard Bean says he believes the escape happened so fast, the pair didn't have a plan. In fact, they left their flip flops behind.

While officers searched for the inmates, West High School and Pond Gap Elementary School were put on perimeter lockdown, meaning all the outside doors were locked, according to schools spokesman Russ Oaks.

Two other schools within walking distance of the detention center, Westview Elementary and Lonsdale Elementary, are on daily perimeter lockdowns. Administrators say it's standard procedure.

No action was taken at Central High School, Oaks said.

Siler is charged with first degree murder in the death of Ryan McDonald, 15. Police say more charges may be pending.

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