Juvenile who escaped from custody caught

February 24, 2012 3:33:36 AM PST
A teenage escapee who authorities called "extremely dangerous," has been recaptured, but not before he managed to commit another crime.Over 12 hours after Ishmael Bunch escaped, Wayne County authorities caught up with the 16 year old and two alleged accomplices at a home in the Rollingwood subdivision in Dudley. Police said Bunch and one of the accomplices broke into a nearby home on Leslie Road near U.S. Highway 70 in Wayne County and ransacked it shortly after Bunch managed to escape from custody while being transported to Goldsboro for a court appearance. Authorities rearrested Bunch after he and the other two teens confronted the homeowner when he returned home. "They handcuffed him, blindfolded him. Left him sitting on the couch in his house," neighbor Gary Becton said. The homeowner was not hurt. Bunch has been charged with robbery, felony escape, assault on a government employee, second degree kidnapping and felony breaking and entering.

His accomplices, later identified as 18-year-olds Alexander Shaw Junior and Dearron Strickland, were arrested for allegedly helping Bunch with the escape, kidnapping and robbery.

All three are currently being held at the Wayne County Detention Center.

Authorities are now looking into the circumstances surrounding Bunch's escape.

Hours before his arrest around 10:30 a.m., juvenile justice authorities pulled their car over off to the side of the road near Leslie Road after Bunch asked for some water. When authorities opened the door, he assaulted a staff member, managed to get out of his handcuffs and shackles and then ran from the vehicle.

Typically, transports usually do not stop for prisoners unless it is a life-threatening emergency.

Authorities said the Wayne County teen has a history of assault.

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