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.