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D.C. juvenile offenders may have rap sheets, but otherwise they’re just like any other youngsters: “They’re kids; they like to run,” explains U.S. Marshal Todd W. Dillard. Last Monday afternoon, a 14-year-old boy bolted from marshals in Superior Court, apparently distressed to learn that he’d be spending three more weeks in jail. The teen was eventually subdued—but not before slamming Officer Anthony Odom’s head into the metal frame of a handicapped lift, according to lead Court Security Officer Ralph Price. Odom was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he received 22 stitches above his eye. Two other officers were also slightly injured in the “melee,” says Price. Dillard, a nine-year courthouse veteran, says none of his officers have ever been so severely injured. But he adds that it is not uncommon for younger inmates to make a run for it. “It happens all the time with juveniles, probably once every 10 days,” he says.
Reporting by Danny Freedman, Laura Lang, Amanda Ripley, and Elissa Silverman.
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