GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Prosecutors have charged two 17-year-olds as adults after they allegedly attacked an employee and then escaped from a Lookout Mountain juvenile facility.
Four juveniles escaped from the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center on Aug. 31, but only two are being charged as adults.
The two being charged as adults, Zachary Oliver and Antoin Griego, both 17, appeared at the Jefferson County Justice Center Wednesday morning to be formally charged. They face charges that include attempted murder and assault.
Jefferson County District Attorney Peter Weir said the four escaped after Oliver allegedly attacked on-duty guard Doug Williams, 65, with a pillowcase full of “fist-sized” rocks.
“The allegations are that Mr. Oliver struck the victim approximately nine times in the head with the pillowcase filled with rocks,” Weir said.
“Oliver took his keys and let the other three juveniles out of their rooms. The teens took several items from a desk and a baseball bat from the faculty room before they left the building,” Pam Russell with the district attorney’s office said in a statement.
The Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center facility is a closed and locked intensive treatment program for the highest risk juveniles.
“According to court records, investigators found a hole in the LMYSC’s chain link fence through which the teens are believed to have escaped. They also found tools including a hack saw, wrench, pliers, seat belt cutter and handcuffs,” Russell said.
Williams survived but suffered a subdural hematoma, skull fracture, broken nose and abrasions head injuries.
The teens were all picked up hours later by police in Wheat Ridge. Because they are still juveniles authorities cannot say why they were in the facility.
Bond in each case has been set in the amount of $250,000.