Merrick County juvenile suspect arrested in Madison

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MADISON, Neb. (KSNB) - An escape that spanned nearly the entire state of Nebraska and included a stop in Merrick county, came to an end Monday morning in Madison.

Madison police told Local4 that they arrested a 17-year-old juvenile Monday morning around 7:30 near a juvenile detention center.

Police said the boy was being taken to a juvenile work camp in Wyoming Sunday. He escaped the transport in Scottsbluff and stole a vehicle in Mitchell.

The Grant County Sheriff said that vehicle ran out of gas near Hyannis and the juvenile stole another vehicle.

Merrick County authorities said the state patrol was pursuing the boy when he left the vehicle and fled on foot near Central City late Sunday. Madison police say he then stole a pickup and was arrested Monday morning while sleeping in that pickup.

In Merrick County Sunday, the Sheriff's Office, Central City Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol attempted to catch the suspect fleeing on foot near Highway 30 and K Road. He was described as black, 6 ft tall, weighing 270 lbs, was driving a stolen vehicle. He was wearing a black cut off t-shirt, tan pants and carrying a bag.

After multiple hours of searching, the Merrick County Sheriff's Office said the man wasn't able to be located. Though, the investigation did reveal the boy's identity. But his name was not released because he's a juvenile.

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