Search continues for ‘violent’ teen who escaped from Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center

GOLDEN, Colo. — The teen escaped who escaped from the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden early Tuesday morning has not yet been found.

Quinn Scaggs, 17, is considered a violent offender, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Scaggs is described as 6'2", 160 lbs. with blond hair and blue eyes, and a tattoo above his right eyebrow that says "Loyalty." If you see Scaggs, call 911.

He escaped through his window, and used bed sheets tied together to climb over the fence around the complex.

The Golden Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Boulder Police Department have been searching for Scaggs since his escape.

Scaggs is not the first to escape the facility this year. In May, two male sex offenders with gang affiliations escaped, and were caught a day later.

The FOX31 Problem Solvers have reported on a variety of issues at the center this year, including a riot, a death threat and an employee who was charged with possessing child porn.

Court records show Scaggs is facing felony charges from incidents inside the Lookout Mountain facility.

There are assault cases from three separate dates, including alleged assaults of guards, according to court records. He was also charged with being part of a riot and assault with bodily fluids.

CDHS executive director Michelle Barnes issued the following statement:

"Clearly we have work to do at Lookout Mountain. The last two months have been a challenge in managing the incidents that have occurred and highlight the need for change. Last night’s escape is frustrating, however, I am confident in the leadership in the Department of Youth Services that we are going to be successful in turning Lookout Mountain into the quality program that it can be. I am thankful for the support of the Golden Police Department, and want to assure the citizens of Golden that the safety of the community, the youth and the staff is my top priority."

Gov. Jared Polis sent the following statement through a spokesperson:

“Public safety is our foremost concern and we are doing everything we can to support the Department of Human Services and local law enforcement to bring this unfortunate event to a close.”

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