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Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday February 11th, 2020 :: 10:35 a.m. PST


Juvenile probation escapee rescued out of a pond by deputies.

The incident unfolded at 7:05 this morning when a juvenile ran away from the Sonoma County Probation Camp located at 7400 Steve Olson Road, Forestville. He was at the probation camp serving his sentence and his identity will not be released. 
Probation camp staff saw the juvenile fleeing from the camp on foot towards Eastside Road and called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrived within two minutes of the call and quickly set up a perimeter around the area. Deputies began an area search on foot and with a drone to try to locate the juvenile.
At 8:26 a.m., a deputy spotted the juvenile in a heavily wooded area. The deputy lost sight of him, and within a few minutes, heard a person calling for help. The juvenile was located in a pond by the drone. Forestville Fire Department was on the way with their swift water rescue boat. The juvenile was having a hard time staying afloat, and the deputies realized they could not wait and went into the water to rescue him. The deputies used long tree branches to make a daisy chain and pulled the juvenile out of the pond. The juvenile did not know how to swim. He was checked by medical personnel at the scene and later booked into juvenile hall.
Prepared by Sergeant Juan Valencia, Public Information Officer
Case No: 200211-003
Media Inquiries: (707) 565-3941

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
2796 Ventura Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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