SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Authorities have charged two teens with attempted first degree murder in connection with the alleged kidnapping and beating of a youth services worker. The two escaped from the Ware Youth Center in Coushatta.
Officials at the juvenile detention and rehabilitation center grew alarmed Tuesday afternoon when the youth services worker did not return with the teens after a trip to Mansfield for a doctor's appointment.
"When they left Mansfield, they apparently lost contact with them," says Shreveport Police Sgt. Bill Goodin. "Apparently at some point on that return trip, the two juvenile residents overpowered and attacked the victim."
Goodin says the youth services worker, who was unarmed and is in her sixties, turned up at Airport Park in the 6500 block of Kennedy Drive in West Shreveport shortly after 5:00 P.M., bloodied and bruised. She was taken to the LSU Health Sciences Center with injuries that are described as serious, but she is expected to survive. The silver Ford Taurus used to transport the teens was found abandoned on the edge of a parking lot inside the park.
Officers picked up the 16 year old female around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, walking in the 600 block of W. 72nd Street in Shreveport. The second suspect, a 15 year old female, was taken into custody 15 minutes later at a home in the 1500 block of W. 58th Street.
Both have been taken to the Shreveport Police Complex for interviews. Because they are juveniles, their names will not be released. The United States Marshal's Fugitive Task Force assisted in the investigation and search. The Red River Parish Sheriff's Office and Mansfield Police are also involved, as investigators work to determine exactly where the alleged crime or crimes took place.