Sheriff: 2 teens escape Putnam County detention facility

Jonathan Smith (L) and Robbie Syverson (R) (Courtesy: Putnam County Sheriff's Office)

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two teens who reportedly escaped a juvenile detention facility Friday night.

The department said 16-year-old Robbie Syverson and Jonathan Smith, 15, overpowered a corrections deputy around 8:40 p.m. and handcuffed him to a fixed object inside the facility.

The teens then took the deputy’s keys to his truck and drove away in an unknown direction. The vehicle was described as a gray 2003 Chevy pickup truck.

Both teens were wearing county-issued orange detention attire when they escaped.

The sheriff’s department warned that the teens should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is urged to contact 911 immediately.

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