COAL TOWNSHIP - Two young inmates at the Northwestern Academy secure unit overpowered an employee early this morning, then took keys before fleeing in an employee's car with two other juveniles.
Coal Township police said this morning they are looking for Sean Watson, 19, of Bowie, Md.; David Rosario, 18, of Reading; a 16-year-old from Washington, and a 15-year-old from the Harrisburg area.
They may be driving a 2007 Toyota Camry stolen during the early morning escape, which occurred from the juvenile facility's secure unit about 1:55 a.m. today at the detention facility for juvenile offenders.
All inquiries about the escape were referred to Jim Sharp, executive director of Northwestern, who has not returned calls for comment.
The Northwestern employee, Kip Weir, suffered minor injuries from the assault, during which the escapees used "minimal force," according to Coal Township Police Department Chief of Police William Carpenter.
A nationwide "Be On the Lookout" alert has been issued for the youths, who are believed to be headed south, though no routes out of the area are being ruled out, Carpenter said.
Escapes and runaways from Northwestern happen fairly often, Carpenter said, however, most times the cadets are caught in a short period of time, usually in the woods near the facility. The last serious escape attempt was "two or three years ago" when some cadets made it to nearby Kulpmont and were caught after trying to steal a car, he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact local police.