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      Teen abuses officer's goodwill to escape

      Teen escapes police custody. / MGN Online

      A Fitzgerald juvenile is back in custody after leading police on a man hunt.

      On Tuesday, Fitzgerald officials were transporting a 16-year-old black male to the Macon Regional Youth Detention Center.

      The transporting officer made a stop at a Rite-Aid around 2:30 p.m. to purchase bandages for the teen's stomach wound.

      Once the officer got inside the store, the teen exited the car.

      The Turner County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and the Ashburn Police Department assisted the Fitzgerald Police Department in a search for the teen.

      Major James Reynolds said the teen was picked up several hours later not far from where he left police custody.

      The 16-year-old has now been transported to Macon.

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