Morgantown, Pa. — Nine juveniles escaped Sunday night from Abraxas Academy, a juvenile detention center in Morgantown, the Berks County District Attorney’s Office said.
It happened just after 8 o’clock, according to the DA’s office.
There was a riot just before the escape, Pennsylvania State Police said, but authorities said law enforcement subsequently regained control of the facility.
It was unclear if anyone was injured.
Multiple agencies responded, the DA’s office said.
The Caernarvon Police Department said the escapees were wearing white or grey T-shirts.
The Caernarvon PD was working with the State Police to recapture the juveniles.
Morgantown sent out multiple alerts to people who live near the academny, and officials asked anyone near Interstate 76 and Route 10 to remain vigilant.
Police said anyone who encounters any of the escapees should contact 9-1-1 immediately.
The Twin Valley School School District, roughly six miles from Abraxas, said it would decide Monday morning whether to open schools or not.
“As always, we will err on the side of caution and staff and student safety in all decisions we make,” the school district said in part in a Facebook post.
The escape came after Danelo Cavalcante, a convicted murderer who broke out of prison, was
The search for Cavalcante involved law enforcement from local, state and federal agencies.
It spanned all of Chester County.
before he got past more barbed wire and broke free. was placed on administrative leave, then fired.
Other escapes in Pennsylvania
There were two other breakouts before the escape at Abraxas Academy and Cavalcante manhunt.
and was on the run for more than a week before he was captured.
Local, state and federal agencies were involved in the manhunt for Burham, a homicide suspect.
In Philadelphia, two men –