Three teens have now walked out of CYFD Reintegration Centers across the state in the past week. Tuesday, CYFD revealed that two teens bolted from the Albuquerque facility Monday night.
State Police are looking for all three boys, and although they have been ordered to remain at these facilities, CYFD says they aren’t under lockdown.
“Once they’re in the facility day or night, if they choose to walk away they certainly can just walk straight out of the doors,” said CYFD spokesperson Nick Costales.
Saturday, State Police said 18-year-old David Fierro walked out of the Eagle Nest Reintegration Center. They said he was there for charges including battery, larceny and unlawful possession of a handgun.
Then Tuesday, police announced they were looking for 16-year-olds Randy Torrez and Jose Lopez, who had walked out of the Albuquerque facility on Edith near Candelaria. Torrez was there for aggravated battery, Lopez for unlawful possession of a handgun.
Although they are not under lock and key, CYFD said they now have warrants out for their arrest.
“It is more a concern for us that they are leaving these positive supports that they have and putting themselves back out in the community, where clearly they’re not making the best choices,” said Costales.
CYFD said although the boys can simply walk out the front doors, they are secure environments; the public cannot just walk in.
The facilities are intended to help integrate the boys back into the community, transporting them to their schools and jobs each day.
Police think the Albuquerque escapees may be headed toward Roswell; the one from Eagle Nest toward Angel Fire.