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|May 10, 2011
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Middlesex Juvenile Court Probation Officer Tracks Down Runaways
During Lunch Break
Middlesex Juvenile Court Probation Officer Tim Carey was on his lunch break when a colleague asked him for assistance in tracking down two runaway teens who had bolted from a social worker's car outside of the courthouse.
Carey left the courthouse and caught sight of the girls, 14 and 15 years old, walking down the street. When they saw him, they picked up their pace to a full sprint. He chased them for eight blocks, as they ducked and weaved through the Cambridge streets. Carey followed in hot pursuit. Dressed in a suit and sporting a Probation badge, Carey received help along the way from community residents who pointed in the direction the girls had taken.
"I received a heads-up from a construction worker who placed the girls at the Lechmere MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) station," Carey said.
He called Cambridge Police who sent two squad cars and then boarded the bus. Carey flashed his badge to the bus driver who sealed the doors of the bus. The squad cars blocked the bus to prevent the girls from getting away.
Carey said he and his colleagues were relieved to get the girls—whom he said posed a risk to themselves—back in custody.
"One of the girls was a victim of a prostitution ring which she got involved with at age 12. There would have been a real strong risk factor had she gone on the run," Carey said.
He described his response as a "knee-jerk reaction."
Cambridge Juvenile Court Judge Gwendolyn Tyre and Middlesex Juvenile Court Chief Probation Officer Stephen Allsopp described it as indicative of his demonstrated commitment to troubled children.
Judge Tyre commented, "This court is acutely aware of the risk to children who run away. Indeed, we have recently had a child die while on the run. Mr. Carey's actions and efforts in apprehending and securing the safety of these two juvenile females quite possibly saved their lives."
Added Allsopp, "I applaud Mr.Carey for his swift action in response to the situation. Thankfully, his actions averted what could have resulted in a dangerous outcome for the juveniles involved. His actions reflect his extraordinary commitment to his role as a Juvenile Probation Officer."