Police looking for escaped Middletown teen making social media threats

Police looking for escaped Middletown teen making social media threats

Police are looking for a Middletown teen who failed to return to the juvenile detention center and is making threaths via social media.

The 16-year-old was given a two-day furlough from Butler County Juvenile Detention Center for Christmas, but ran away, failing to return to the Hamilton facility, according to Lt. Scott Reeve.

“Now he is threatening to shoot people,” Reeve said. The boy posted a photo on social media with a gun.

The teen sent a threat to a Cincinnati television station and to Middletown police.

“His last message said ‘put me on the news (expletive). I am going on a murder spree,’” Reeve said.

The police last had contact with the teen a couple months ago when he was charged with inducing panic after mentioning someone had a gun at Middetown High School. That proved to be false.

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