KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) - Police were looking Thursday morning for a pair of teens who officials said escaped and stabbed two transport officers with a pencil. The officers were taking them to the Robert J. Kinsey Youth Center in Kokomo.
Police said around 8 p.m. Wednesday night a 16-year-old white boy and a 15-year-old black boy were being taken to the Howard County juvenile facility from the Attica area. One of the juveniles was wearing a white V-neck T-shirt, a red hoodie and ripped blue jeans. The other juvenile was wearing a black shirt. Anyone who has seen the two teens was asked to call 911.
The two teens fled on the west side of Kokomo and were last seen around 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Jeff Lapinsky, Kinsey Youth Center director, said the duo hadn't committed any crimes at that point. They were being kicked out of foster care, which is why they were going to the juvenile center.
They had been in custody for approximately one hour before their escape. The teens were not restrained because they were not under arrest. They were in the back of the Howard County Sheriff’s Department van and a female Kinsey employee was sitting between the teens. The driver was a male Kinsey employee and there was no separation glass or barrier in the van.
The teens attacked the Kinsey employees, stabbing each with a pencil in the chest, and then took off running, police officials said.
Both Kinsey employees were treated at an area hospital and were released.
The female employee was a 15-year veteran. The male employee had been working for the center for six months.
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