Bridge City detention facility nearly had an escape two days before double escape last week _lowres

Wilnor Chaney Jr.

Two days before two teenagers escaped from the Bridge City Center for Youth last week, another youth managed to overpower a guard at the juvenile lockup in Jefferson Parish and let himself out of a dorm.

The youth, Wilnor Chaney Jr., 18, was booked as an adult last week at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on counts of simple escape, battery of a correctional employee and resisting a police officer with force or violence.

The incident happened about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday.

According to an arrest report, Chaney grabbed the guard and threw him to the floor near the back door of the detention center’s Perseverance Dorm. He then “obtained the security keys” from the guard, the report says, unlocked the door and ran out of the dorm.

Another guard assigned to the center’s front gate spotted Chaney on video surveillance near the back gate. That guard called the control center, the report says, and a search began.

Chaney was taken into custody about 3:20 a.m. near the main school building on the Bridge City campus.

On Friday, two teens housed at the center turned up missing after a disturbance that state officials have declined to discuss. According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the youths appear to have escaped through a hole in the fence.

One of the teens, Riynell Nixon, 15, of New Orleans, was turned in to authorities by his family on Saturday. The other, Rashad Seals, 16, of Iberville Parish, was captured Sunday in Baton Rouge.

Beth Touchet-Morgan, deputy assistant secretary of the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, said Monday that officials have opened an inquiry into the escapes “to see exactly what happened and where things broke down.” She said the investigation is intended to prevent future escapes.

“If there are any personnel actions that have to come out of that,” she said, “that will also take place.”

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