5 juveniles escape detention home after ‘riot’; 1 arrested in Davenport

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The Mary Davis Home in Galesburg on November 13, 2019. (WMBD)

UPDATE: At approximately 8:04 a.m. Friday, Davenport Police checked the address of 1909 Grand Avenue as part of their ongoing investigation related to Wednesday night’s Mary Davis Home incident.

During the residence check, officers located a 15-year-old female who was wanted on Aggravated Battery and Escape charges.

The juvenile was arrested and transported to the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center.

The three remaining males involved in this incident are not in custody at this time.

This incident remains on active investigation.

No further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the CityConnect Davenport, IA or CrimeReports by Motorola mobile apps.

UPDATE: Deputies were dispatched to the Mary Davis Home juvenile detention center around 8:06 p.m. Wednesday for a “disturbance/riot” involving numerous detainees, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said staff members told them they were in the process of getting the juveniles back in their cells for the night when one struck a staff member.

A second staff member who went to help the other was struck as well. The altercation continued into the day room from the lower west wing. One female and one male juvenile entered the control room, striking the staff member and taking a set of facility keys.

Four males and one female were seen exiting from the boiler room after finding a set of car keys. The five juveniles found the staff member’s car the keys belonged to and drove away.

Four of the five juveniles are from the Quad Cities area and the other is from the Peoria area.

One staff member was transported to a local hospital while three others went on their own. All were discharged with minor injuries.

The vehicle was spotted crossing the Centennial Bridge from Rock Island into Davenport and police officers found the vehicle running and unoccupied in the area of 63rd and Brown.

One of the escapees was found around a block away in a separate vehicle and was detained and taken in front of a Scott County judge, who waived extradition.

Formal charges are pending as the investigation continues.

EARLIER UPDATE: Five juveniles, four males, all 15-year-old and one female, 15, who escaped the Mary Davis Detention Center on Wednesday night, stole a staff member’s vehicle while escaping.

The stolen vehicle was recovered Wednesday night by the Davenport Police from Galesburg, Il, unoccupied, in the 6200 block of Brown Street, according to a news release.

One of the male juvenile was caught and transported to the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center. Remaining juveniles have prior involvements in thefts (stolen vehicles) and assaults. All the juveniles have ties to the Quad Cities and Davenport.

EARLIER UPDATE: The search is on this morning for four of five minors who escaped from a detention home in Galesburg.

They escaped from the Mary Davis Detention Center on Wednesday night.

One of them made it to Davenport — but they’re now back in custody.

The other four are still on the run.

We’re working to find out how they escaped.

The detention center has minors from 19 counties who are convicted of or charged with a felony and awaiting trial.

WMBD, our sister station in Peoria, has more details about this story.

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