YRTC escapee faces felony assault, theft charges

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) -- One of the three teenage boys who escaped the Kearney Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center (YRTC) December 30th has been charged as an adult with felony theft and felony assault.

Andrew Carreon, 17, is charged with second degree assault. Court records show that in November he allegedly struck a YRTC employee with a sock filled with dominos. He also punched the employee, who was hospitalized with a concussion.

Carreon is also charged with felony theft by unlawful taking. Court records show that after escaping the YRTC December 30, Carreon stole a Ford Focus which had been left running at a Kearney residence about 17 blocks away from the YRTC.

Carreon and two other juveniles who escaped with him drove the vehicle to Custer county where the other two escapees left the vehicle. Carreon was arrested four days later in Tulsa, OK, with the Ford Focus. Carreon told Oklahoma investigators that he escaped the YRTC and drove to Oklahoma to stay with a relative.

If convicted on the felony theft and assault charges, Carreon could get up to 40 years in prison.

As of Wednesday, Carreon was still in custody in Tulsa.

A DHHS spokesperson said the other two juveniles were returned to the YRTC. She said the pair are being held in a secure unit at the center and face a disciplinary hearing.

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