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HCSO Searching for Teens who Escaped from teen treatment facility

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The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two juveniles who escaped Tuesday from Youth Opportunity Investments (formerly Eckerd Youth Camp), 201 Culbreath Road, Brooksville.

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According to witnesses, at 8:31 p.m. a staff member was escorting two teens from the cafeteria back to their dorm when the juveniles decided to flee from the facility

The staff member told deputies the teens ran south into the woods, toward Pasco County.

The two teens, Jarahmeel King B/M DOB/06-04-2004 and Peyton Anderson B/M DOB/09-11- 2002, were court ordered to the facility and were not permitted to leave.

King, of Fort Pierce, was being detained at the facility for Violation of Probation on charges of Petit Theft, Grand Theft Auto, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Robbery with a Firearm.

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Anderson, of Avon Park, was being detained for Violation of Probation on charges of Burglary of Conveyance, Grand Theft, and Petit Theft.

Anderson is described as follows:

– Black male – 5’7”

– 148 pounds

– Short black hair

– Brown eyes

– Last seen wearing a purple t-shirt, long blue pants, and black slide sandals

King is described as follows:

– Black male 

– 5’6”

– 120 pounds

– Short black hair

– Brown eyes

– Last seen wearing a green t-shirt, long blue pants, and black tennis shoes

Anyone with information about King’s or Anderson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’ Office at 754-6830.

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This article has been edited to reflect the correct facility name: Youth Opportunity Investments, as Eckerd Connects no longer operates the facility.

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology.
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