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Handcuffed teen wanted for assault escapes police near Henrico-Richmond line

Posted at 4:58 PM, Oct 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-17 08:54:06-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A massive search is underway after a  15-year-old boy wanted for assault escaped police custody near the Henrico County-Richmond line Thursday afternoon.

"At the request of the Richmond Police Department, Henrico Police were called to locate a juvenile who was wanted by Richmond Police for an outstanding juvenile petition for domestic assault, a misdemeanor, about noon today," Henrico police Lt. C.J. Maurice said in a news release. "The suspect was located and arrested, placed into a police car for transport to the County-City line for transfer of custody."

However, while officers were awaiting transport, the juvenile managed to escape and ran away heading toward Richmond.

As a result, Maurice said a joint operation is underway by Henrico and Richmond police, including K-9 and aerial support  teams, to find the suspect.

This juvenile is described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 140  pounds. He has short hair and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, dark jeans -- and handcuffs.

He was last seen walking from the Walgreens at Brook Road and Azalea Avenue in an easterly direction.

If you have information that could help police, call CrimeStoppers at 804-780-1000.

Watch CBS 6 News starting at 5 p.m. for updates on this developing story.