SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies took six teens back into custody Monday evening after they jumped out of two separate county vans trying escaping custody in the Santa Barbara area.
According to Kelly Hoover, public information officer for Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, the teens are are from Los Prietos Boys Camp and were evacuated during the Whittier Fire. Four of them were in one van, while the other two sat into a different van. Both of the vans were leaving Highway 154 and stopped at a traffic light on State Street, when the teens were wearing blue shirts and grey sweatpants jumped out of the vehicles.
The boys ran towards the railroad tracks and were seen running in some people's backyards in the Modoc and Los Positas Road area.
Authorities quickly set up a perimeter in the 600 block of Ferrara Way near Emanuel Lutheran Church. A Sheriff's air support helicopter flew over the area to assist with the search.
The boys were taken into custody shortly after they tried to escape.
The Sheriff's office also received help from the Santa Barbara Police Department.