Teen who fled Detroit treatment center back in custody

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Detroit — Another of the four teens who escaped from a treatment program on the city’s east side a week ago is back in custody, a Wayne County official said.

Keynata Saxton, 17, one of four escaped juveniles from the Don Bosco DePaul Youth Treatment Center, was taken into custody in the area of Van Dyke and Six Mile about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Another escapee, Michael Robinson, 16, was picked up in Schaefer and Seven Mile in Detroit by Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies about noon Tuesday.

The teens were residents of a program at the Depaul Youth Treatment Center on East Grand, police said last week.

Brian Manning, deputy director of the Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness, issued a statement Thursday that an internal review concluded that care management organizations followed policy with respect to notifications to law enforcement, the court and the families of the escapees.

The matter remains under investigation by the State Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing; Manning said his agency is working closely with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Care Management Organizations to locate the remaining two youth escapees.

Detroit police spokeswoman Sgt. Cassandra Lewis said all four teens are residents at the center, a medium-security mental health facility managed by Don Bosco staff.

The four escapees pushed their way past a security guard Aug. 27 when he was opening a front door to allow visitors to leave the building.

Each of the youths has been convicted of previous crimes and was being held at the facility “due to special needs,” police said.

Still at large are:

■Duane Stiff-Brown, 16, described as 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

■Devonte Kenney, 17, who is 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.

Anyone who knows of the teens’ whereabouts is asked to call Detroit police at (313) 596-1100.


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