July 1, 2015
By Noah Cohen
The Green Residential Community Home on Farm Road in Ringwood
RINGWOOD — Authorities have filed kidnapping and robbery charges against three teens who escaped from a facility for juvenile offenders after they attacked a worker and stole his van with a sleeping woman in the back, officials said Wednesday.
Charges against the boys also include escape, aggravated assault and theft by unlawful taking in connection with the incident Sunday night at Green Residential Community Home, according to state Juvenile Justice Commission spokeswoman Sharon Lauchaire.
All three teens remained at large on Wednesday and were believed to be in the Newark-area, Lauchaire said.
State officials on Tuesday said they launched an “internal review” of security and other protocols at the facility, located in Ringwood State Park.
Representatives with the state Juvenile Justice Commission also met with Ringwood police to review “admission criteria” for the community home, the spokeswoman previously said.
Questions remain about why one of the teens, a 15-year-old with a past robbery charge, was at Green, which is designed for non-violent boys between 13 and 16 years old.
Police found the van and woman unharmed in Newark early Monday, authorities have said. The worker, a 71-year-old Ringwood man, was assaulted after he escorted the boys to do voluntary laundry work.
The worker’s friend, a West Milford woman, was not authorized to be at the facility, Lauchaire added. Officials have not yet determined if she would also face charges, and the investigation was ongoing.
The boys were on probation, but officials have declined to release details of their juvenile records, citing privacy laws.
Juvenile Justice Commission Parole Response Unit was working with Newark police to locate the boys.