Authorities say two of the three juveniles who escaped from the Mt. Meigs youth facility in Montgomery County Saturday night were captured this afternoon in Madison County.
Escapees Brandon Kyle Evans, 16, and Zachary Melson, 16, apprehended around 3 p.m. Wednesday by U.S. Marshals, Madison County Sheriff's deputies and Huntsville officers. They were arrested on Highway 72 near the Marshall's department store, according to U.S. Marshal Marty Keely.
Evans was considered "armed and dangerous" and believed to be the mastermind behind the escape plan.
During their escape, the three juveniles allegedly beat a facility worker so badly that he lost several teeth and a thumb. They then used keys taken from a staff member to steal a vehicle and crash through a gate to escape, investigators say.
The three escapees are from Huntsville, Franklin County and Tuscaloosa. Officials say Evans and one of the other escapees were spotted around Highway 69 in Tuscaloosa County earlier this week.
Evans and Melson were found today driving a maroon Nissan van in Madison County, more than 180 miles from the Mt. Meigs Juvenile Correctional Facility where they escaped.
Evans faces charges of first degree escape, first degree assault, and first degree conspiracy to escape. Officials have not yet specified the charges against Melson, but say both suspects face several charges due to their escape and "criminal activity while on the run."
The third juvenile escapee, from Franklin County, remains at large. He is not believed to be in north Alabama, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office.
"We are extremely pleased these two are in custody," said Allen Peaton, Deputy Director of the Department of Youth Services at Mt. Meigs.
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