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Over the weekend six teenage boys momentarily escaped from the Echo Glen juvenile detention center in Snoqualmie - allegedly knocking a female guard unconscious, stealing

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Prosecutors Want Three of the Six Teenagers Accused of Echo Glen Escape Charged as Adults

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Over the weekend six teenage boys momentarily escaped from the Echo Glen juvenile detention center in Snoqualmie - allegedly knocking a female guard unconscious, stealing her keys and radio, and locking her in a room while they took off into the night.

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Now, thanks to the methods behind their escape - violently attacking a guard - the King County Prosecutor's Office wants to see three of the six juveniles face trial as adults for the alleged assault.

All six of the teenagers -- who are 14 and 15 years old - are already looking at escape charges for the breakout late Saturday night.

As the Associated Press notes today, a judge will now decide whether to move the three cases out of juvenile court and into the big time. Prosecutors are expected to formally pose the question in two weeks. The three teens facing only escape charges are due in juvenile court today.

In case you missed the Echo Glen breakout, here's how it was described by the King County Sheriff's Office:

Snoqualmie- Six high risk juvenile offenders were captured early this morning after they assaulted a staff member and escaped the facility they were housed in.

The incident started around 11:30 last night at Echo Glen Children's Center in the 33000 block of SE 99th St. A female staff member was attacked and left unconscious by six male juvenile offenders. The juveniles attacked her, took her keys and radio, and locked her in a room. She laid there unconscious until other juveniles at the facility found her and reported the incident.

King County Sheriff's Deputies arrived and were assisted by troopers from the Washington State Patrol and officers from the Snoqualmie Police Department.

A perimeter was quickly established in the wooded area near the facility and the Sheriff's Office Guardian One Helicopter arrived to search the area using a FLIR. (Forward looking infrared, thermal imaging)

Guardian One was able to locate the six offenders using the FLIR. When spotted by the helicopter, the offenders split up into three groups of two and ran in different directions. Deputies in the helicopter were able to direct the deputies and K-9's Unit's, who were on foot in the wooded area, to the locations that the offenders were running or hiding.

One of the offenders was bitten by a K-9 dog while trying to escape apprehension. He was taken to Harborview for treatment. The other five offenders were arrested and booked at the Youth Services Center for Assault 2, Unlawful Imprisonment and Escape.

Three of the offenders were 14 years old and the other three were 15 years old. The majority of them were in the facility for Assault and Firearms convictions.

The good news for authorities is Harrison Ford was not involved in the escape -- or things may have gotten a lot more interesting.

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