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Virginia juvenile detention center employee charged in connection with recent escape

State police said Jabar Taylor and Rashad Williams choked a security guard before escaping

Authorities are searching for Taylor and Williams after they say they choked a security guard in order to escape from a Virginia juvenile corrections center
Authorities are searching for Taylor and Williams after they say they choked a security guard in order to escape from a Virginia juvenile corrections center (Virginia Dept. of Juvenile Justice)

RICHMOND, Va.UPDATE

State police have charged an employee from a juvenile detention center near Richmond in connection with a recent escape from that facility.

23 year-old Destiny Harris, of Chesterfield County, was taken into custody Tuesday morning on two counts of aiding with the escape of a juvenile, according to state police. Harris is a Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice employee who worked at the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center.

The search is still on for 20-year-old Jabar Taylor and 18-year-old Rashad Williams who made their escape from Bon Air early Monday through a hole cut in a security fence. Authorities say the two used a cord to choke a security member until they passed out.

State police believe both Taylor and Williams have left Virginia.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Virginia State Police at 804-553-3445.

Harris is being held at the Chesterfield County Jail.

ORIGINAL STORY

Authorities say they are searching for two men on the run after escaping a juvenile detention center near Richmond.

According to the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, 20-year-old Jabar Taylor and 18-year-old Rashad Williams made their escape from Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center early Monday through a hole cut in a security fence.

Taylor, of Spotsylvania County, was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault. Williams, of Washington, D.C., was convicted of malicious wounding and robbery. Both were due to transfer to an adult corrections facility on their 21st birthdays.

Authorities say the duo used a cord to choke a security member until they passed out. The two then reportedly took the staff member’s keys and used them to escape the building before getting away through a hole cut in the perimeter security fence. Authorities do not know if they cut the hole or if it was already there.

Officials say the two then got in a car that authorities believe was waiting for them.

The staff member who the two are accused of choking was treated and released from a local hospital.

According to the director of the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center, this is the first escape in more than 20 years.

Virginia State Police say a search for Taylor and Williams is already underway.