Four juveniles ran into a wooded area, climbed a chain-link fence with barbed wire and escaped from the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center about 9 a.m. today. Two of the teens were apprehended by police about 2 p.m. after officials received a tip. The other two remain at-large.

The Killeen Police Department received a call at 8:47 a.m. in reference to several teenagers escaping the detention center, located in the 4800 block of East Rancier Avenue, according to a news release.

Upon the officers' arrival, employees told them the juveniles were in the indoor recreation area when there appeared to be an altercation. Four of the juveniles ran toward an exterior door that led to an unsecured area, kicked it open and escaped through the fence.

KPD continues to search for the two remaining suspects, between 15 and 17 years old. They were last seen wearing blue shirts and navy blue shorts. Their names have not been released, since they are minors.

Bell County deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are assisting with the search, while DPS conducts an aerial search.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts should call CrimeStoppers at 254-526-8477, go to or text BELLCO along with the tip to 274637.

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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Why is this becoming so common for the center?

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