Eight girls attempt escape from Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility

From Salem Statesman Journal, December 22, 2008

Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility

Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility

Three Oregon Youth Authority staff members sustained minor injuries during an escape attempt by eight girls at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany early Sunday.

The girls, armed with homemade weapons, attacked the staff members and overpowered them shortly after midnight, authority spokeswoman Perrin Damon said.

The girls, ages 13 to 17, then left their dormitory and ran into a secure central recreation yard, where they found themselves trapped.

During the escape attempt, facility staff members called 9-1-1. Officers with Albany police and Linn County Sheriff’s Office responded.

The girls refused to return to their dormitory peacefully, so the officers and facility staffers escorted them to cells.

Two of the three staff members were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Albany General Hospital, while the third sought medical attention by the end of his shift. All were treated and released.

Oregon State Police and Oregon Youth Authority are investigating, Damon said.