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4 Young Inmates Escape Briefly From Gaston Jail

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File photo of prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — Officials say four inmates overpowered guards at the Gaston County juvenile jail and escaped briefly.

Officials say an officer was attacked around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as he was walking through the jail. Another officer was also attacked and the youths pulled the phone away from a third officer.

The suspects took one of the guard’s keys to make their escape.

Officials say three of the youths were back in custody by 8 p.m. The fourth was found about an hour later.

One of the guards suffered a broken nose and another had a cut on the back of his head.

The inmates were from Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln and Rowan counties. Their ages ranged from 13 to 17. Their names were not released.

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