Levelland Police responded to a report of three residents of Children’s Hope running away. The report came in Sunday night around 8:15 pm.
While officers were en-route to the facility, an officer spotted the three in the 200 block of West Highway 114. He stopped the three and got two of them into his patrol vehicle, the third one fled from the officer on foot. Another officer spotted the third one and stopped her and ordered her into his vehicle, however, she refused. The suspect started to walk away from the officer, he in turn got a hold of a back pack she was wearing, she then tried to take the back pack off so he restrained her by grabbing her arm. She continued to try and pull away from the officer and even pushed the officer and continued to resist arrest. Another officer arrived and ordered the suspect to place her hands behind her back, she was then handcuffed and arrested for evading arrest or detention.
She was then placed in the back of the officers vehicle, she still refused to give officers any information, other than to state she would not go back to Children’s Hope and threatened suicide. She told officers that she had been bitten by other residents at the facility and staff would not do anything about it. Officers contacted Childrens Hope and got her information, they then contacted Child Protective Services and made a report. they are currently initiating an investigation into the case.
The juvenile was processed on the charge of evading arrest or detention and then released to the Children’s Hope staff in accordance to instruction given to officers by the Hockley County Juvenile Probation Officer on duty.