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Police looking for escaped Middletown teen making social media threats

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.

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“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.