Escaped juvenile turns himself in
MARIETTA – A juvenile who ran out of the Washington County Juvenile Center Friday morning turned himself back into the center Monday morning.
Meanwhile, his adult half-brother has been arrested on charges related to helping the juvenile hide while law enforcement sought him over the weekend.
Ace Staats, 17, ran through the gym doors of the juvenile center shortly before 7 a.m. Friday, according to a report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He had entered the facility the previous day and was upset over the toiletries and attire he had been issued, according to his father.
The sheriff’s office began an exhaustive search for the teen, which led them Saturday to 10470 Veto Road, the home of Brittany Coffman.
Coffman admitted Staats had been at her residence with his half-brother, David Burwell, 25, and others. Coffman also said that Burwell brought a red bag to the home containing clothing and toiletries. Coffman denied knowing Staats had escaped the juvenile home and was wanted.
While interviewing Coffman, Burwell arrived at the home. He eventually admitted assisting his half-brother.
Burwell was arrested for obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony, and interfering with custody, a third-degree misdemeanor.
Staats remained in hiding until Monday when he turned himself in at the juvenile center.
He will additionally be charged with escape from the detention center. He was originally ordered into the center on a charge of breaking and entering, according to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.