Teen Murder Suspect in San Mateo County Escapes From Jail

A 17-year-old murder suspect escaped from a San Mateo County juvenile detention center by apparently scaling a wall and cutting a hole in a fence, authorities said Friday.

Police issued a statewide alert Thursday night for Josue Raul Orozco, who was arrested three years ago in connection with a drive-by killing in Redwood City. Authorities say Orozco is a SureIno gang member and should be considered dangerous.

He was charged in adult court but has been held at Hillcrest Juvenile Hall since his arrest.

Officials said Orozco escaped between 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Thursday by apparently scaling a 10-foot cement wall and cutting a
3-foot-long slit in a chain link fence.

Loren Buddress, chief probation officer for San Mateo County, said the escape went unnoticed by the two probation officers who monitor the facility's more than 120 security cameras. Surveillance cameras showed a suspicious car near the facility around the time of the escape.

"We want to analyze what happened, what didn't happen, what we
can do in the future to maximize chances that it won't happen again," he said. "It will include a discussion with the sheriff's office about any security enhancements we can put in place."
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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