A 17-year-old Crawfordville juvenile was charged with escape Monday, Dec. 20 at 6:33 p.m. when he allegedly attempted to get away from detectives through the roof of an interrogation room. The detectives were questioning him about a narcotics case from earlier in the afternoon, according to Sheriff David Harvey.
Detectives Derek Lawhon and Nick Boutwell arrested the juvenile on an outstanding warrant and were questioning him at the Criminal Investigation Division building. When the interview concluded, the juvenile was left handcuffed in the interview area for a short period of time.
The detectives observed the juvenile standing on a table with one hand slipped out of the restraint. They secured their suspect and observed that a ceiling panel had been disturbed. The juvenile was booked in the Wakulla County Jail and transported to the juvenile detention center in Tallahassee.
The case started at 5 p.m. when Detectives Boutwell and Lawhon were searching for the juvenile and George Randall Blankenship, 18, of Crawfordville for outstanding warrants. The juvenile was being sought for failing to show up for court and Blankenship was facing a lewd and lascivious battery charge.
The detectives discovered their subjects at a Crawfordville business and the juvenile attempted to evade the detectives by jumping in and out of the vehicle. Both men were secured and a search of the vehicle and the suspects took place.
Marijuana and drug paraphernalia was discovered on the juvenile. Marijuana was also discovered inside the vehicle which weighed 11 grams. Once back at the Wakulla County Jail Blankenship told investigators that he did not have any contraband on his person. A search by jail staff located marijuana on him as well. Blankenship was charged with introducing contraband into a detention facility.
The juvenile was also charged with possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of justice without violence. Blankenship was charged with possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and two counts of possession of a Schedule 4 narcotic as a result of investigators discovering prescription medication on Blankenship’s person.
Blankenship is being held at the Wakulla County Jail. Detective Erika Fore and Deputy Nick Gray also investigated.