LIMA — A Lima juvenile who escaped police custody more than six weeks ago was apprehended over the weekend in Waterloo, Iowa.
Juan Freeman II, 17, was being held in the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center after his case was bound over to common pleas court earlier this year. The teenager was ordered to be tried as an adult a charge of aggravated robbery with a firearm specification. He is one of two juveniles alleged to have committed armed robberies of Little Caesar’s pizza and Hermie’s Party Shop in January.
Freeman escaped custody on the evening of Oct. 25 after being transported to the emergency department at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center. As the juvenile was being escorted back to the transport vehicle by a female JDC officer, he fled across the hospital parking lot. The officer gave chase but fell during the pursuit, and Freeman was not located.
According to Lima police, a post was made Friday on the LPD’s Facebook page requesting information about Freeman’s whereabouts. Within hours police received a tip in reference to his whereabouts, and less than a day later Freeman was located in Iowa and taken into custody.
He is scheduled to appear in Allen County Common Pleas Court at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Freeman and Na’zier Howard, also 17, were indicted by the July session of the grand jury with aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies that include firearm specifications, in connection with the pizza and convenience store hold-ups.
According to the indictments, the teenagers are alleged to have participated in theft offenses on or around Jan. 14 and allegedly did so while in the possession of firearms. The grand jury in the indictments allege that both Howard and Freeman “had a firearm on or about his person or under his control while committing the offense and displayed or brandished the firearm, indicated he possessed a firearm or used it to facilitate the offense.”