SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Authorities are still searching for one teen that escaped with three others Wednesday night from the Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health Center.
Three of the four teens were apprehended Thursday morning and are in custody, according to Summerville police. Delonte Parker, 19, is still at-large. Parker is described as a black male, 6'2" and weighing 170 pounds.
Police say the four teens escaped from the facility around 6 p.m. Wednesday. Three teens have not been named, but police say their ages range from 17 to 19 years old. The teens will be returned to the 60-bed secure placement facility, authorities say.
The D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services says the center is a placement facility for adolescent males with sexually aggressive behaviors, substance abuse problems and psychiatric, behavioral or conduct issues.
The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, the Summerville Police Department and the South Carolina State Police Department are actively searching for the teenagers. The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police and the Office of the Attorney General are in active communication with Dorchester County authorities.
The Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health Center serves as an out-of-state placement facility for Washington D.C. Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). The center offers residential treatment programs for adolescent males with sexually aggressive behaviors, substance abuse problems and psychiatric, behavioral or conduct issues.
There were no reports of injuries to staff or residents at the facility.