Two more teens escape behavioral health facility in Summerville

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Police say two more teens escaped the Palmetto Behavioral Health center in Summerville last week, just over a month and a half since the last breakout in late April.

Summerville Police Department officers responded to the center on Midland Parkway, located near a residential area, two Sundays ago.

Police said the call came in just before 12 a.m. on June 5, and upon arrival facility employees told officers that 18-year-old Stephon Jordan and a 16-year-old had escaped out the back of the compound.

The 16-year-old was captured by police around 1:30 a.m. and Jordan was taken into custody several minutes later.

Both patients were escorted back to the facility that has had some trouble keeping patients from escaping.

Employees lost track of four patients with violent pasts back on April 20.

One of the escapees from that breakout, 19-year-old Delonte Parker, made it all the way back home to the Washington, D.C. area before he was captured.

Police said employees at the center wouldn't disclose the medical history of the escapees when the first breakout happened.

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.

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