Teen found after mistake led to him walking away from detention facility, officials say

Teen walked away from Orange County juvenile center

Published On: Apr 28 2013 09:17:09 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2013 05:24:45 PM EDT
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -

The 15-year-old who authorities say walked away from the Orange County Juvenile Detention center after an employee's mistake on Sunday night has been located on Monday afternoon.

Department of Juvenile Justice officials said around 8 p.m. a detained juvenile was scheduled to go home with his family.  A JDC worker, however, retrieved the wrong teen -- who has the same first name and identically-pronounced last name -- and took him to an unsecured area at the facility, located at Michigan and Bumby avenues, officials said.

The Department of Juvenile Justice says it's not certain how the now-missing teen left the building, but they say he left without permission.  The DJJ says it does have a system in place to properly identify detainees, including the use of photos.

Investigators will review surveillance video and talk to employees to determine how the mistake occurred.  As of Monday, though, no employees have been suspended or reassigned.

The missing teen, whose identity is not being released per privacy laws, according to DJJ, was arrested in June on charges of robbery without a firearm and burglary.  He would have been released from the JDC within 30 days. 

Meanwhile, within the past 30 days, he was re-arrested on charges of trespassing, petty theft and violating his original probation.  He was scheduled to be released to home detention on Thursday.

Orange County Sheriff's Office was the agency that picked up the teen, according to state officials.

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