A youth who should be in custody is on the loose in Regina, and law enforcement didn’t tell the public about it.
According to the Ministry of Justice, a young offender escaped from the Paul Dojak Youth Centre in Regina on Sunday night.
Ministry spokesperson Drew Wilby said they were in contact with the Regina Police Service when the escape happened and decided releasing information wasn’t in their best interest.
“In this case it was determined that it was a very low risk to the public, this individual has some very minor charges against him,” explained Wilby.
He said the youth was on remand at the centre, waiting to see a judge.
Because the boy is under the age of 18, Wilby said the ministry would have had to get a court order to identify him.
“In this case there is no way a court would have given us that privilege of doing so.”
Wilby wasn’t able to explain how the boy escaped, but did say two senior staff members in the ministry were investigating.
Regina police began looking for the boy immediately, and as of Monday evening the search was still ongoing.
Wilby encouraged people to contact police if they see anybody suspicious.