Third Swanson Center for Youth escapee captured by authorities

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UPDATE: MONROE, La. — (9/6/19) DaKeylon Berry is the third Swanson Center for Youth escapee captured by authorities.

DaKeylon Berry (Courtesy of OPSO)

He is currently being housed in Ouachita Correctional Center where he has been charged with Battery/Correctional Facility Employee and Simple Escape; Aggravated Escape

His bond has been set to $300,00.

More information will be added as details are revealed.


MONROE, La. — (8/14/19) A second Swanson Center for Youth escapee has been captured by authorities.

Chance Johnson was arrested on the 4700 block of South Grand Street in Monroe. He is currently in Ouachita Correctional Center where he has been charged with Aggravated Escape.

Chance Johnson (Courtesy of OPSO)

His bond was set at $300,000.


MONROE, La. — (8/11/19) It was reported by Crime Stoppers of North Delta that the juvenile suspects overpowered a guard, stole her keys, and jumped the fence. The guard did receive minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

The suspects were last seen wearing gray or khaki shorts and white t-shirts.

The following individuals are the reported escapees:

  • Chance Johnson, 19, of Ferriday, LA 
  • Donnie McCoy of Plaquemine, LA
  • DaKeylon Berry, 17, of Mansura, LA

Joseph Mitchell, 17, of Texas is currently in custody.

If you have any information on the location of these subjects please contact Crime Stoppers of North Delta.


MONROE, La. (8/10/19) — One juvenile escapee is in custody, according to the Office of Juvenile Justice.

The three remaining juveniles haven’t been captured at this time.


ORIGINAL STORY: MONROE, La. (8/9/2019) — Multiple sources both inside and out of the Swanson Center for Youth tell NBC 10 several teens have escaped the youth correctional center in Monroe.

We’re told it happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday night. Sources at Swanson reached out to NBC 10, telling us four juveniles escaped tonight, and have not been recaptured as of this posting.

Calls to Swanson’s Director have not been returned. We also reached out to several contacts in law enforcement, but none will comment at this time.

Once we get any description on the alleged escapees, we will pass it on to you.

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