Neighbors concerned about recent juvenile escape at Ector County Youth Center

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With the recent escape of two juveniles at the Ector County Youth Center, neighbors near the center have some concerns. 

Monica Salgado and her family have lived in the area for around six months. She tells BIG 2 / FOX 24 that she was never notified about the recent escape.

On Monday evening, the Ector County Sheriff’s Office says Jayvian Phillips and Andrews Larez jumped over a barbed wired fence during a recreation period. 

Youth Center officials say the boys then proceeded to run across the street into the neighborhoods. 

Since then, the center has put out an order to apprehend. This means any law enforcement agency can bring the boys into custody. 

Salgado says this incident has made her uneasy. 

“I have kids. I don’t know. They play outside, it’s scary to know they can jump out like that,” said Salgado. 

Youth Center officials say this is the first escape in nearly five years.  

But Salgado wishes she would’ve been notified when the escape happened. 

While the Youth Center is not required by law to notify people in nearby neighborhoods, officials say they put out a press release for the public to be aware. 

Salgado says that should change. 

“Send out a notice. Have someone come to the door. Be aware of it and come tell people around the surrounding area,” said Salgado. 

The sheriff’s office says they’re following several leads and are confident they’ll bring both Phillips and Larez back into custody. 


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April 29 2021 07:00 pm