Four juvenile offenders at large after attacking Washington state prison guard, escaping custody

Seven escaped, but only three have been apprehended.

Ari Hoffman Seattle WA
Seven juvenile offenders housed at the Echo Glen Children's Center, a medium-maximum security facility in Snoqualmie, Washington, stole a car and escaped after assaulting one of the facility’s workers.

As of Sunday afternoon, three of the escapees had been captured, but four remained at large.

All of the escapees are between 15-17 years old and at least two of the juveniles were at the facility for murder, according to the King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

A flyer released by KCSO said, "Detectives with the King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit (MCU), seek the public’s help in locating the individuals pictured above following today’s escape from the Echo Glen Children’s Center. It is because of the concern for the safety and wellbeing of the public that this information is being disseminated. The whereabouts of the individuals above remain unknown. They may be driving a white 2018 Chevrolet Equinox that was taken during this incident."

The five teens listed on the flyer are Diego Torres-Topete, Daniel D. Navarro, Jessy J.L. Krikorian Jr., Timothy G. Hernandez-Ebanks, and Ramon P. Chavez Jr.

Torres-Topete was incarcerated for robbery and possession of a firearm, Navarro was in for assault and possession of a firearm, Krikorian was in for murder and assault, Hernandez-Ebanks was incarcerated for murder and possession of a firearm, while Chaves was in for assault and robbery.

KCSO also released images of the wanted teens.

Sunday afternoon, three of the juveniles were apprehended in Burien. The stolen vehicle was recovered Sunday evening.

In January 2022, Hernandez-Ebanks and four other juvenile detainees assaulted multiple staff members at the facility, stole a car, and escaped

The incident caused the facility to update many security measures, including electric carts and all-terrain carts, replacing vehicles used by security and health center staff on campus, required uniforms for maximum security youth and an increase in security rounds. In addition, a single point of entry at the front gate was replaced with a secure, cantilevered, sliding, key-card-controlled, video-activated gate.

Four juveniles escaped the facility in April but were quickly located and returned to Echo Glen.

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