AKRON, OH (WOIO) - It wasn't an elaborately planned escape, rather an escape based on opportunity. But after days on the run, a 17-year-old is back in custody.
On Saturday, Dominique Pete simply found an unlocked door at the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center and walked through it to freedom. It is attached to the Juvenile Court, but because of the seriousness of the charges against him, his case was recently transferred to adult court.
Deputies had no picture of Pete to circulate, making the search for him more difficult. Even at his home, his mother and brother said they had no
picture, but they did want him to come to his senses and turn himself in.
After days of interviews and reviewing surveillance, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force spotted Pete exiting the North Hill Library Branch in Akron on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. Although Pete was disguised in an oversized hat and glasses, members of the task force were able to identify him and apprehended him with assistance from the Akron Police Department.
"Just because this fugitive was classified as a juvenile does not diminish his violent criminal history or the threat he posed on our community. Even with his makeshift disguise, he was no match for the experience and perseverance of the men and women assigned to this investigation," said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott, who credits Pete's arrest to tips submitted by the public.
Pete is charged with using a woman to lure a man online. Court documents say she and Pete went to his home on Sixth Street, pulled a gun and took $8, an Xbox 360 and jewelry.
Two hours later, they executed the same scam on Virginia Avenue, forcing a man to drive at gunpoint to a bank for cash. After the man told the pair he had no money in the bank, they stopped the car, ordered him out and sped off on the highway.
Other allegations include a break-in on Kipling Street and a couple of pizza delivery drivers robbed. Now, the escape.
His brother's reaction: "I didn't think he was able to do something like that, honestly. I mean, I been there before, you know? It's just like, it was just physically impossible, you know what I mean? So I don't know how he was able to do that."
If convicted of all the allegations, Pete faces up to 28 years in prison.