UPDATE: The youths were apprehended shortly before 7 p.m. on Sunday evening in Montgomery County, according to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
It took agencies several hours to track down two teenagers that had escaped from Giddings State School. Around 9 o’ clock Saturday night is when authorities sent out an alert that they escaped.
FOX 7 talked to folks who live nearby that reacted to multiple agencies responding to the missing teens. "There has been a whole change in demeanor of the people that are incarcerated there."
For more than 45 years, Bob Lee has lived less than a quarter of a mile away from Giddings State School. At one time he worked there. He says kids between the ages of twelve and fourteen were sent to the correctional facility. But since then, things have changed significantly.
"Back then when I worked there they were typically runaways and didn't have the criminal attitude. Now they do have the criminal attitude over there and it's quite obvious."
Marjorie Goins lives about a mile away from the facility. She says her church received a call Sunday morning saying law enforcement officers were looking for Villanueva and Karalis. "They said be careful and lock your doors, I said oh yeah mine stays locked. But you know it’s kind of a weird feeling. You know someone's out there and every time you step out you're looking around,” Goins says.
Two sixteen-year-old males have escaped from a juvenile justice correctional facility.
According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Brice Ryan Karalis and Bryan Ernando Villanueva escaped from the Giddings State School around 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Brice Ryan Karalis is a white male with brown eyes and black hair. He is 5' 03" and around 135 lbs. Brice also has a tattoo going across his fingers on his right hand that reads "FUC12."
There is another tattoo on his left wrist.
Bryan Ernando Villanueva is a white / Hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5' 08" and around 152 lbs. Bryan does not have any tattoos or piercings.
If a member of the community encounters either of them, they should NOT APPROACH THEM.
Citizens are encouraged to immediately call 9-1-1.
It is not clear at this time how the teenagers escaped.
It is also not clear why Karalis and Villanueva were being held at the juvenile correctional facility.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, Lee County Sheriff's Department, Giddings Police Department, and law enforcement officers from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General are coordinating and working together to apprehend these individuals.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.