2nd Hillsborough detention escapee caught in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — A second teen who escaped from a Hillsborough County detention center has been caught in St. Petersburg.

At 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday, St. Petersburg Police Department officers responded to 320 Northeast Blvd N. after receiving a tip from an anonymous caller who said that Anthony Cook was at the home.

Officers found Anthony Cook, 17, and took him into custody.

Cook and Anthony Bays, 18, escaped from the Falkenburg Academy in Hillsborough County on Sunday, Jan. 31. They were in detention for grand theft charges. St. Petersburg Police Department officers found Anthony Bays, 18, hiding inside a vacant house last Thursday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said that the teens escaped during recreation time which was held in an outside fenced yard at the detention facility. Staff found that a hole had been cut in a chain link fence.

Four employees at a private company that oversees security at the detention center were suspended without pay after the teens escaped. The suspended employees included three youth care workers and one supervisor.

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