Escapee from Lookout Mountain youth detention facility arrested in Colorado Springs

Quinn Scaggs escaped near end of June

Posted 8/28/19

Colorado Springs Police on Aug. 26 arrested a man who had been on the run for about two months following an escape from the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden in June. Quinn Scaggs, who …

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Escapee from Lookout Mountain youth detention facility arrested in Colorado Springs

Quinn Scaggs escaped near end of June

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Colorado Springs Police on Aug. 26 arrested a man who had been on the run for about two months following an escape from the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden in June.

Quinn Scaggs, who was 17 at the time of his escape from the facility in Golden and has since turned 18, was reported missing from his room at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center just after midnight on June 25. A press release sent out after his escape noted that Scaggs is considered a violent offender.

According to a press release on the escape, Scaggs removed the window from his ground floor room and used bed sheets tied together to escape over the perimeter fence.

About an hour later, a Golden resident reported to the Golden Police that his vehicle had been stolen from his home. Police recovered the vehicle in Lakewood a  few hours later and tied the stolen vehicle to Scaggs.

In the afternoon on Aug. 24, Scaggs robbed two Colorado Springs hotels, according to a press release from the Colorado Springs Police. In both incidents, he entered the hotel lobbies, demanded money armed with a gun and assaulted the employees. Scaggs fled both locations “with an undisclosed amount of money,” according to police.

Detectives with the Colorado Springs Police identified Scaggs as the suspect of both robberies and learned that he had an active warrant for his escape from the facility in Golden.

Scaggs' whereabouts between the escape in Golden and the robberies in Colorado Springs is unknown. Colorado Springs Police believe that Scaggs resided in Colorado Springs prior to his time at the Lookout Mountain facility.

Scaggs was arrested from a residence in Colorado Springs. His arrest charges are aggravated robbery, first degree kidnapping and first degree assault. He is being held in the El Paso County jail. Court proceedings are scheduled to take place in El Paso County.

Locally, Scaggs will be charged as an adult with one count of escape and one count of aggravated motor vehicle theft. Both are felonies. He will appear in court in Jefferson County at 10 a.m. Sept. 23. 

The Lookout Mountain facility “is an intensive secure treatment program for 140 male juvenile offenders,” states its website, and serves high risk youth who were committed to the facility through the district court system. The facility is operated by Colorado Department of Human Services' (CDHS) Division of Youth Services and accepts youth from anywhere in the state.

Scaggs is not the only one to escape from the facility in the past recent months.

According to the Golden Police Department, one 15-year-old youth escaped from custody at about 10:15 a.m., April 11, as staff was escorting him to the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles in Golden. The youth was obtaining necessary documents in preparation for a transition to a step-down facility this July, according to the press release. However, he was considered a violent offender and his escape caused local schools to go on lock-out for about two hours during search efforts.

Littleton Police Department located the youth in Littleton the next day and he was back in police custody by about 11 a.m.

Two sex offenders with gang affiliations — roommates at the Lookout Mountain facility — escaped from the facility on May 6.

During a routine perimeter check at 5:20 a.m., a Golden police officer noticed a broken window with sheets hanging from the second floor and a dumpster turned on its side on the northwest side of the building, prompting a search for a 17-year-old and Javier Madera, 19.

At about 3:30 p.m. May 7, members of a fugitive unit from Denver Police and Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force spotted the suspects in a vehicle near Sixth Avenue and Simms Street in Lakewood. They eventually made their way up Lookout Mountain Road, but turned around and were intercepted by Golden Police. A short vehicle pursuit ended when the suspects' vehicle crashed near I-70 and US 40. Both of the suspects tried to flee on foot but were captured by officers.

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