UPDATE: Teens steal keys at Sumter Youth Development Campus

Students overpower guard, 39 on roof

AMERICUS., GA (WALB) - All operations are back to normal Saturday after teens at a Youth Development Campus took the keys from an officer and gained access to the roof.

A group of about 20 teens are the subject of an incident at the Sumter County Youth Development Campus, according to Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith.

The group of teens snatched a set of keys to access the roof of the facility.

The teens were on the roof for several hours. (Source: WALB)
The teens were on the roof for several hours. (Source: WALB)

Within minutes, a very heavy law enforcement presence was on scene, plotting their next move.

Meanwhile, the YDC was placed on lockdown. Annie France Mintor’s daughter works inside.

“She told me what was going on and I just got nervous and shaky. I didn’t know what to do,” said Mintor.

We later learned the boys had taken a guard hostage but left him go unharmed. Mintor waited to hear from her daughter.

“She texted back and forth to let us know that she’s okay and they had to stay here until they got things under control,”said Mintor.

Which took hours. The Department of Juvenile Justice came in and took over.

39 students at a youth detention center held a guard hostage, took his key access card, and headed to the roof. (Source: WALB)
39 students at a youth detention center held a guard hostage, took his key access card, and headed to the roof. (Source: WALB)

According to the Department of Corrections, their plan was to leave the boys up there until they decided to come down.

“What’s going on? Why? What happned? What made them do that?” said Mintor.

Youth Development Campuses (YDCs) are secure long-term facilities for youth sentenced or committed by juvenile courts.

According to the Department of Juvenile Justice there was no threat to the public or officers during the incident.

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