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Teens who escaped from Texas halfway house sentenced for assault, child endangerment

Juveniles Barry Golson (left) and Dakota Cox escaped from a Flower Mound halfway house Wednesday morning.
Juveniles Barry Golson (left) and Dakota Cox escaped from a Flower Mound halfway house Wednesday morning.

UPDATE: The story reflects that McFadden Ranch is in Flower Mound.

A large-scale search was underway Wednesday for two juveniles who escaped from a Flower Mound halfway house Wednesday morning, a state official said.

The two young boys ran away from McFadden Ranch, 3505 N. Haynes Rd. at about 5:15 a.m. One juvenile has multiple tattoos and the other was wearing glasses.

Authorities identified the juveniles as Dakota Cox, 18, and Barry Golson, 16, both from Montgomery County just north of Houston. Cox was in the juvenile facility for child endangerment while Golson had been in a juvenile facility for assault, according to Texas Juvenile Justice Department records.

The boys walked out the back door of a facility and fled, authorities said.

“We believe they have split up,” said Brian Sweany, a spokesman with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department in Austin, in a telephone interview.

On Wednesday night, Cox was taken into custody by Montgomery County Sheriff’s department without incident, Sweany said. Golson had still not been caught as of Wednesday night.

Cox was reportedly seen at the Walmart in Roanoke earlier in the day, Sweany said.

A store surveillance camera caught Golson stealing a vehicle in Roanoke.

Bryon Nelson High School and Medline Middle School were locked down briefly Wednesday morning as police investigated the vehicle theft, a Northwest school district official said.

McFadden Ranch is one of seven halfway houses operated by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Jason Earl Davis, 40, of McKinney slipped into a line of inmates being released on bond and walked out of jail.

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Star-Telegram breaking news reporter Domingo Ramirez Jr. has been in journalism for more than 35 years. It’s the job he has loved from day one.


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