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Teen doesn’t get away second time

STATELINE – A 14-year-old who escaped Douglas County authorities while sitting inside the sheriff’s office was caught at Harveys Resort Casino after contacting friends.

The South Lake Tahoe juvenile was picked up by sheriff’s deputies at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday after being inside a lower Kingsbury Grade home without permission. A concerned neighbor called dispatch alerting authorities that someone was inside the home who didn’t belong there, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Mezzetta.

When deputies arrived, the boy jumped out of a second-story window and ran down the street. He was caught by deputies about a block away from the home. The juvenile was taken into custody at the Lake Tahoe Sheriff’s Substation in Stateline, where his parents were called to come pick him up. In handcuffs inside the patrol briefing room, the boy managed to slip through one of the cuffs, opening and door and leaving. Deputies searched for the boy until about 7:30 p.m.

Authorities were alerted to Harveys around midnight Friday when the juvenile contacted some friends, Mezzetta said.

Somehow he slipped from the other loop of the handcuffs and gave them to his friend who put them on and couldn’t get them off.

“We got the runaway back in custody (and) we got the handcuffs back,” Mezzetta said.

The juvenile was released to the care of his parents after being processed.

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