YRTC escapee in court next week for felony theft, assault

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) -- One of the three teenage boys who escaped the Kearney Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center (YRTC) December 30 will be in court next week on felony theft and assault charges.

His court date is scheduled in the same week as a town hall meeting which was called to talk about problems at the YRTC.

Court records show Andrew Carreon, 17, allegedly struck a YRTC employee with a sock filled with dominos in November of last year. He also punched the employee, who was hospitalized with a concussion.

Court records also show that after escaping the YRTC December 30, Carreon stole a Ford Focus which had been left running at a Kearney residence about 17 blocks away from the YRTC.

Carreon and two other juveniles who escaped with him drove the vehicle to Custer county where the other two escapees left the vehicle. Carreon was arrested four days later in Tulsa, OK, with the Ford Focus. Carreon told Oklahoma investigators that he escaped the YRTC and drove to Oklahoma to stay with a relative.

Carreon is charged with felony assault and felony theft. If convicted, he could get up to 40 years in prison.

Carreon is scheduled to be in court Thursday, March 22.

Kearney state senator John Lowe has called a town hall meeting for next Monday, March 19, to address what he referred to as "far too many problems" at the YRTC.

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