Police look for juvenile

Hastings police are looking for a teenager who escaped from custody Thursday while handcuffed and without shoes.

According to information released by the Hastings Police Department, Zachary Vaught, 17, of 831 S. St. Joseph Ave. ran from custody Thursday about 5:30 p.m. at the Adams County Courthouse, 500 W. Fourth St. Vaught is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds with brown buzz-cut hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, dark shorts and no shoes.

Hastings police had arrested Vaught at his home on a pickup order from the Adams County Court.

Vaught is on probation for a second-degree assault case from 2013, according to court records. The case was transferred to juvenile court, and he was placed on probation.

On Thursday, prosecutors had asked Vaught be detained because he had left home without his parents’ permission, missed several days of school, is failing a class at school, tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine use, violated his electronic monitor and was cited for third-degree domestic assault.

Vaught was taken to the Adams County Courthouse and was being transferred to the sheriff’s office for transport to a juvenile detention center in Madison when he ran away from the officer while handcuffed and barefoot. The officer had been unloading Vaught’s property from the patrol vehicle when Vaught took off.

Vaught was last seen running northbound out of the sally port at the courthouse.
Anyone with information about Vaught’s whereabouts can contact police at 402-461-2380. Police advise anyone who sees Vaught to not approach him, but instead call 911 immediately.

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