NEWPORT NEWS--A 17-year-old who escaped custody of a Newport News Sheriff's deputy on Wednesday was back in jail Friday morning.
Spokeswoman Kathleen Carey said the 17-year-old got away around 3:10 p.m. while leaving Juvenile Court to return to Juvenile Detention.
He was arrested around 10:00 a.m. at a house in the Southeast section of the city, she stated.
The juvenile had a hearing Wednesday afternoon where the judge denied his release, according to Carey. He was placed in a holding cell at the courthouse and was in the process of being returned to the detention facility when he ran past a deputy and out an unsecured door.
A preliminary investigation has found that the deputy failed to follow security procedures. The escape occurred while the deputy was securing another juvenile.
Officers tracked the teen across some railroad tracks towards Southeast Newport News.
The Sheriff's Office executed a consent search at his mother's residence, but he wasn't there.
The Sheriff's Office, the Newport News Police Department, Virginia State Police, Hampton Police, and CSX Railroad Police joined the search for the boy in the hours following his escape.
Carey says the teen was arrested June 4 on charges of threats by letter or communication, grand larceny, and entering an occupied building -- all misdemeanors.