Security Lapse Causes Three Dangerous Teens To Escape From Houston Facility

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III

Let’s face it – it’s never good when those who are behind bars are able to escape. Because security is a top priority within corrections, whenever someone finds a way to escape, questions are asked and the community is alerted to the situation. Under no circumstances should the public take it upon themselves to take this lightly.

Case in point – three teenagers who are considered very dangerous escaped from the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. The escape happened around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Two of the three teens identified are Alferis Coby and Jahrell West, both 16-years-old. Both teens are being charged as adults for capital murder. The other teen who escaped hasn’t been named because he is being charged as a minor.

The Daily Mail reports, “Law enforcement is especially concerned because one of the teens, Coby, has shown a tendency for psychopathic behavior, and a diagnostic test revealed he lacked emotions.”

Micheal Schneider, the 315th State District Judge told the Houston Chronicle, “I’m worried not only about what he is capable of, but his very demonstrated lack of empathy to other people.” In addition to that, Schneider pointed out “I usually don’t like to talk about kids in our juvenile system, but this is a dangerous kid. I am really worried he is out.”

Reports say that Coby overpowered a guard when he asked for toiletries around midnight. He grabbed the keys and phone and proceeded to set West and the other teen free. They escaped through the security door.

An investigation is pending as to why the guard opened the door alone when policy requires a pair to do so. Tom Brooks, the executive director of Harris County Juvenile Probation Department doesn’t believe there was any collaboration.

Coby, who is considered the most dangerous of the three was raised by his grandmother because his parents were in and out of jail. “A court-ordered evaluation said the teen had an exceptionally high risk for violence, aggressive tendencies, psychopathic features, and extensive criminality. A psychiatrist determined that he had a ‘high level of criminal sophistication and dangerousness compared to most individuals his age’ and no remorse for the alleged murder.”

The teens are said to be wearing white T-shirts and khaki pants. Anyone with information about their whereabouts are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, writer, author, life coach and radio/television talk show host (Tuesdays at 7pm). Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org, [email protected] or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey