On Aug. 28, 2013, at approximately 8 p.m., two Kinsey Youth Center transport officers were assaulted while transporting two male juvenile detainees from the Warren County Jail to the Robert J. Kinsey Youth Center, Kokomo.
As they approached the Kokomo area, the officers cautioned the detainees about communicating. As the transport van turned onto Markland from Dixon Road, the officers heard them say "now."
The detainees lunged forward from behind the officers while placing a choke hold around their necks. While the officers struggled to break free the detainee's began stabbing the officers with pencils. During the attack the driver sustained injuries to the face, back and leg. The other officer sustained multiple stab wounds to the chest area.
The officers were unable to break free, and before losing consciousness the driver made abrupt stops trying to break the hold. During the struggle the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree just west of the Howard County Sheriff's Department.
After the crash the escapees ran south along the creek. Once the officers were able to exit the vehicle, they called 911 for assistance. Officers from multiple agencies responded to assist. Officers tracked the escapees along a creek and wooded area for several hours before darkness hindered their efforts.
Officers from the Kokomo Police Department and Howard County Sheriff's Department continued to track leads throughout the night.
At approximately 10:40 a.m. on Aug. 29, officers received a call stating the escapees had broken into a house in the 2400 block of North Jay Street, Kokomo.
While approaching the residence one of the escapees tried to flee out the back door. The escapee struggled with officers while trying to re-enter the home. Both were apprehended and taken into custody.
Both transport officers were treated and released from St. Joseph Hospital on the night of the incident.
It appears the plan to escape was formulated during the two-hour drive from the Warren County Jail to Kokomo. The exact reasons for escaping are not yet clear however; the events leading up to their being taken into custody in Warren County seems to be a factor.
This case remains open pending further investigation. The Howard County Sheriff's Department would like to the thank all the agencies who assisted in the search and apprehension of the escapees. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Howard County Criminal Investigation's Section at (765) 456-2031 ext 247.