Lakeside, CO – Authorities are searching for a 17 year old who escaped custody by stabbing a correctional officer while at a dentist’s office.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) said the incident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. at a dentist office in the 5800-block of West 44th Avenue in Lakeside, KDVR reported.
JCSO said that 17-year-old Juan Ocegueda was shackled at the feet but not handcuffed during the dental procedure.
Ocegueda stabbed the correctional officer who had taken him to the dentist appointment multiple times, KDVR reported.
The he fled out of the back door of the dentist’s office, according to KMGH.
He is a correctional officer at the Platte Valley Youth facility where Ocegueda was incarcerated.
The wounded correctional officer’s medical condition was not yet known.
JCSO said they believed that Ocegueda has used a knife and not a dental tool to attack the correctional officer, KMGH reported.
Officials said that the inmate would have been patted down before he was transported to the dentist appointment outside the youth correctional facility.
The Edgewater Police Department called on residents to shelter-in-place in the area near 44th Avenue, KDVR reported.
Police said Ocegueda was wearing a white or green shirt and tan pants.
Officers were conducting a yard-by-yard search for the escapee on Tuesday afternoon, KDVR reported.
Authorities have advised that Ocegueda is armed and dangerous and anyone who spots him should contact authorities and not attempt to apprehend the 17 year old.
— jimhooley (@jimhooley) May 31, 2022
@jeffcosheriffco Juan Ocegueda, 17 yo juvenile. Escapee from Platte Valley Youth facility. Wearing white shirt, tan pants. Last seen 5801 W 44th Ave, Lakeside. Shelter in place issued for area. pic.twitter.com/hBB1YZ1cFb
— Colorado Street News (@costreetnews) May 31, 2022
Call 911 if Juan Ocegueda is seen. 17 yo juvenile. Escapee from Platte Valley Youth facility. Wearing white shirt, tan pants. Stabbed guard while at dentist office, 5801 W 44th Ave, Lakeside. Guard’s condition is unknown. Shelter in place issued for area. Heavy police presence. pic.twitter.com/9VT9InAAvE
— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) May 31, 2022
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