Teen escapees back in custody after taste of freedom

VIDEO: Captured teen escapees returned to Charleston Co. juvenile facility

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two teens who escaped from the Charleston County Juvenile Detention Center are back in custody after a brief taste of freedom.

The sheriff's office says Christopher Rawls and Tylique Rhoden, both 16, were caught Wednesday afternoon after a foot chase in Ladson. Both were being held on armed robbery charges.

The two were spotted walking near the area of Dorchester Road at Ladson Road at approximately 2 p.m. by a concerned citizen who notified authorities, Charleston County Sheriff's spokesman Eric Watson said. Officers were already in the area searching for the duo.

Rawls and Rhoden ditched their jail jumpsuits after their escape early this morning, according to authorities.

Investigators say the duo pried open a window to get out of their cell, then used sheets or blankets to climb over the barbed wire fence. The sheriff's office believes the escape was well planned.

"It's nothing like they woke up this morning and decided to escape the facility," Watson said.

People living in the nearby Brentwood subdivision were concerned after hearing about the

"Kind of scary because it sounds like they easily escaped. Something should be done about it," resident Jacquez Brown said.

"It's surprising, how did this happen, you know it's surprising," resident Blondell Mitchell said.

Investigators are trying to figure out how it happened. Authorities say there were four deputies on duty at the jail when the teens got out.

"Every hour on the hour they make rounds, so we're staffed 24-7 at that facility," Watson said.

Investigators say Rawls and Rhoden apparently knew when to make their move.

"Very scary because we don't know how dangerous these kids are, Brown said. "Yeah, I know you say they're 16 years old. Some of these kids are really, really dangerous."

The sheriff's office says two deputies, one who's a supervisor have been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Rawls and Rhoden will be charged as adults with escape.

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