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Clinton Resident Captures Fleeing Juvenile

Posted: Updated: Jan 14, 2014 09:41 PM


A juvenile escapes police custody in Clinton Tuesday afternoon but is captured by a nearby resident.

At about noon, Clinton County Sheriff's Deputies were transporting a teen to the Clinton County Courthouse for a hearing when suddenly the teen took off running.

Deputy Chief Kevin Cain says the deputies began to chase the juvenile and called for help from local police --

"They'll put out a radio call that they are chasing someone on foot," Cain said, "maybe a clothing description, direction of travel. They don't get into the detail of what's the purpose of that pursuit."

The teen was running down an alley when a nearby resident, Jason Heinitz, grabbed him.
"I walked toward him and he started taking off and that's when I pursued him," Heinitz said. "I caught up to him over here at the street and grabbed him by the shoulder."

Cain says, while the teen was in custody, he was not under arrest. He is a foster care child who was being transported for a non-criminal court hearing.

"It's got to cause a lot of anxiety for them," Cain said. "They're young, I'm sure they don't have a lot of experience in shelter care. I can see how the anxiety may get the best of them and they use poor judgment and become scared."

While law enforcement is grateful that Heinitz captured the runaway teen, Cain also wants to remind citizens to be cautious and try not to get physically involved in police pursuits. they don't want anyone to get hurt.


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