Detroit police seek 4 teens who fled east-side treatment facility
Detroit police are searching for four teens who escaped Thursday night from a treatment program at a facility on the city’s east side.
The teens were residents of a program at the Depaul Youth Treatment Center in the 600 block of East Grand Boulevard, said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.
The center is a medium-security mental health facility managed by staff from Don Bosco Hall, according to the private nonprofit agency’s website.
At about 8:20 p.m. Thursday, “when the security worker opened the front door to allow some visiting members to leave, he was pushed down to the ground and the escapees fled on foot in different directions,” on East Grand, police said in a statement.
Each of the youths had been convicted of previous crimes and was being held at the facility “due to special needs,” police said. Authorities were checking all of their last known addresses.
The four teens are identified as:
■Duane Stiff-Brown, 16, African-American, 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 165 pounds, with a medium complexion, tattoos on both arms reading “Loyalty” and “Respect.” He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, gray jogging pants and flip-flops.
■Michael Robinson, 16, African-American, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 188 pounds, with short brown hair and a chipped front tooth. He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt, dark shorts and flip-flops.
■Devonte Kenney, 17, African American, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 175 pounds, with low-cut hair, a light complexion and several tattoos. He was last seen wearing a red long-sleeved shirt, burgundy shorts and flip-flops.
■Kenyata Saxton, 17, African American, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 165 pounds, with short black hair, a light complexion and the tattoo “218” on his arm. He was last seen wearing light blue Polo pajamas and flip-flops.
Anyone who knows of the teens’ whereabouts is asked to call Detroit police at (313) 596-1100.