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Police: Extra charges after teens assault guard, temporarily escape detention center


Four teenagers are facing extra charges after they temporarily escaped from a local detention center after assaulting three guards, according to officials in Gaston County.

The escape happened Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. at the Gaston Juvenile Detention Center on Camp Seroma Road in Dallas.

Officials told WBTV that four juvenile males, all of whom had prior felonies, assaulted three guards, throwing a chair at one,  before escaping.

Two of the guards were taken to the hospital for injuries, and are expected to be okay. Officials said one guard suffered a broken nose, and another had a gash in the back of their head.

WBTV was there when, just after 8 p.m., officials located all four boys and took them back into custody.

The juveniles', whose names will not be released, are 13, 15, 16, and 17-years-old. Officials say they are from Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland, and Rowan Counties.

The violent breakout put neighbors in the Dallas area on high alert. 

John O'Daly lives in a neighborhood near the juvenile detention center.

"I was here babysitting my two six-year-old granddaughters. My son lives up the street, and he called and said you better shut down the doors and take care of the kids," O'Daly told WBTV. 

Officials with the Department of Public Safety said three of the teens were charged with second degree kidnapping. A fourth teen was charged with assault.

Officers say several agencies, including Gastonia Police, Gaston County Police, North Carolina Highway Patrol and Dallas Police assisted in the search.

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