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Central Point teen escapes OYA facility

A Central Point teenager is one of two men on the lam for the past week after they escaped together from an Oregon Youth Authority facility outside LaGrande, and they may be heading through northeast Oregon in a stolen State Parks pickup, authorities said.

Oregon State Police identified the escapees as Brittain McAuliffe, 18, of Central Point, and Micah West, 18, of Salem.

The pair were discovered missing Tuesday evening at OYA's Camp Riverbed Youth Transitional Facility, which is described as a facility where the teens work toward gaining supervised release. It was the fifth-year anniversary of McAuliffe's initial referral to OYA on felony theft and other charges, OYA records show.

Staff members discovered the pair the next day at a nearby interpretive center, but staff members have no arrest authority. Instead of going willingly back to the facility, the escapees threatened violence and fled before police arrived, OYA Communications Director Benjamin Chambers said.

The pair surfaced Friday when McAuliffe and/or West stole a white Ford F-250 pickup with a state parks emblem on the door from Emigrant Springs State Park near Meacham, according to OSP. Also Friday, McAuliffe was spotted in a pharmacy in Milton-Freewater, OSP states.

The OSP did not say whether they believe the duo was still traveling together or whether they believe they were armed. The OSP, however, warned that people who see them should not approach, use caution and immediately contact police.

McAuliffe was originally referred to OYA on June 20, 2012, on five misdemeanors and one felony charge of first-degree theft, Chambers said. In 2015, he was referred to OYA on charges of second-degree escape, resisting arrest and second-degree criminal mischief, with the escape occurring from a police vehicle, Chambers said.

For that, McAuliffe spent 264 days in OYA's facility in Grants Pass before being transferred to the transitional facility on July 21, 2016, Chambers said.

West was originally referred to OYA in August 2014 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, Chambers said.

McAuliffe was described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 220 pounds, with a stocky build and tattoos on both forearms, one of which was described as saying "Native Pride."

His hair is short on the sides, and the top is about 6 inches long and fashioned into a ponytail, according to police. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing a white tank top, black shorts with red stripes and black-and-red tennis shoes.

West was described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and 155 pounds with multiple tattoos, including a Derringer pistol on one arm and an eagle on his chest.

— Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtfribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

Brittain McAuliffe
Micah West