A Lac du Flambeau teenager in police custody escaped from Lac du Flambeau police custody Wednesday night.
LdF police chief Bob Brandenburg said the 15-year-old boy, in custody for burglary, theft and resisting arrest charges, was being transferred to Howard Young Medical Center in Minocqua when he escaped from officers after he got out of a squad car.
Brandenburg said the boy, still in handcuffs, ran east toward a residential area of Woodruff.
“We haven’t received any calls on this escape,” Brandenburg said Thursday morning.
When asked if it was possible someone may have been waiting for him at a designated location not far away, he said the boy’s mother was aware he was being taken to Howard Young by police so there was knowledge of his being transported.
“It’s possible,” he said. “We’ve had it happen before.”
Brandenburg said he knows the youth and doesn’t consider him dangerous.
“He’s turned himself into me before when he was a runaway,” he said.
The boy is described as being Native American, about five feet, 11 inches tall and about 160 pounds.
Anyone with knowledge of the boy’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Lac du Flambeau Police Department at 715-588-7717; the Minocqua Police Department at 715-356-3234; or the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department at 800-472-7290.
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