Tulsa deputy finds escaped teen inmate

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Updated: 6/06/2013 5:16 pm Published: 6/06/2013 3:04 pm

A sheriff's deputy found an escaped juvenile inmate when even K-9 units couldn't.

Officials told FOX23 the 16-year old broke free when he was being transported from Mayes County to Tulsa's Juvenile Detention Center.

A Mayes County sheriff's deputy pulled up to drop the teen off at the Tulsa County Juvenile Detention Center, and when the deputy went to the back door, he said, the juvenile jumped out running to nearby trees.

Sheriff's deputies got the call to assist Tulsa police in the search for the 16-year-old on Tuesday afternoon.

Deputy Mic Bonin told FOX23 he had a good idea of where the teen may have gone.

"We had been down here a few times before doing warrant checks for homeless people, and usually we've encountered people who sleep just in the entrance of this pipe," said Bonin.

Bonin is a trained tracker and his partner, Jeff Harris, said he's never led him in the wrong direction.

"So when Mic looked at me and said, 'I knew he's in here.' I said, 'Let's go get him,'" said Harris.

"You can barely pick up; this was the sole of his shoe," said Bonin, pointing out a clue he found.

Bonin decided to follow it inside nearby drainage pipes that twist and turn below Gilcrease Museum Road.

"Right here, this is where he slipped and busted his rear end," Bonin pointed out.

While searching, he was constantly communicating with other deputies who were above-ground.

They were picking up manholes and looking inside as Bonin crawled in the maze below.

"You can fairly pick up easily once you get trained that this is out-of-place and this stick is here or this rock has been knocked out of its socket," said Bonin.

After 141 yards, the search led him to the teen.

"I basically told him to come out and surrender, and he came out on his own accord and we just handed him up. He was petrified, scared to death, we actually found him, that we found him," said Bonin.

As for finding the inmate when the K-9s couldn't, Bonin has an idea why they were not successful.

"I think they were dealing with a lot conditions that just weren't favorable to them," he said.

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Unwashed Mass - 6/8/2013 9:44 PM
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The one he got away from was too fat to chase him. Another reason to require physical fitness as a condition of employment.
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