ELBURN – A teenage boy who was in custody for a felony escaped from the Elburn Police Department on Dec. 22 and was at large for several hours, Police Chief Nick Sikora said.
Citing the boy’s juvenile status – as being under age 18 – Sikora would not release details of what he had allegedly done in order to be in police custody.
Elburn police also denied a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the police report and ancillary reports about the escape, also citing the juvenile as the reason for the exemption.
“The case is still under investigation,” Sikora said. “It’s still an open case.”
Sikora had also asked TriCom Central Dispatch to deny a request for the recording of the escape.
“Those records are part of our investigation,” Sikora said. “They are not releasing it based on our still having an open case on it.”
Sikora did not say how the juvenile escaped from custody.
“We do not want to give that out because obviously, we are still working on it internally to see that it gets prevented from happening again,” Sikora said. “They were not in a secure custody environment at the time. … This is still under review for us, internally. The person was not in secure custody.”
Though the juvenile was charged with a felony, Sikora said the public was not in danger at any time while officers were trying to recapture him.
The escape occurred during the department’s afternoon shift, which is from 3 to 11 p.m., Sikora said.
“The same officer that started dealing with it was able to finish dealing with it,” Sikora said.
The youth was initially charged with a felony and escaping from police is also a felony, Sikora said.
Police were able to contain the youth after the second capture, and he was taken to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center for detention, Sikora said.
The officer involved with the youth’s apprehension is also under investigation, Sikora said.
“We want to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Sikora said. “There is a review and investigation.”
Sikora said police are nearing closure on their investigation. Once it is closed, Sikora said he would consider sending a press release about it.