Guilford County juvenile among 4 escapees from NC youth correctional facility

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Four juveniles are missing after they escaped from a youth development center overnight.

Officials say the teenagers ran from the Edgecombe Youth Development Center in Rocky Mount at about 9:30 p.m. following an assault on a staff member.

The four minors were identified as Dakota Y. of Guilford County, Joshua G. of Wake County, Justin M. of Carteret County, and Juan M. of New Hanover County.

NC Department of Public Safety officials said they have a “high degree of concern for the safety of both the juveniles and the public, due to assaultive behavior exhibited by the juveniles during the escapes and/or prior history of unpredictable behavior.”

Anyone with information about the escapees or their whereabouts is asked to contact Diana Kees with the Department of Public Safety’s Communications Office at (919) 480-9868.