Alyssa Popo, 16, of Newark, wanted for evasion, auto theft

The Delaware State Police are currently investigating an escape from the Grace Cottage juvenile facility involving two females, one of whom is still at large.

According to a police report, troopers were called to Grace Cottage, a level IV staff-secured detention facility, located at 1825 Faulkland Road, Wilmington, around 8:10 p.m., on Monday, July 23, in reference to two juvenile females who fled from Youth Rehabilitative Services staff members during an escorted group transfer from one building to another.

After separating themselves from the group, who were on foot, the pair gained access to a state owned vehicle, and then fled the complex onto DE Rt. 141, police said.

The pair were identified as a 15 year old from Wilmington and Alyssa Popo, 16, of Newark.

Around 10 p.m., with the assistance of the Wilmington Police Department, Troopers located the 15 year old in the 2300 block of N. Washington Street, in the City of Wilmington, and took her in to custody without incident, police said. The stolen 2016 Ford Focus was also recovered at this location, according to police.

The teen was charged with escape third degree, theft of a motor vehicle and conspiracy second degree.

She was arraigned and then committed to the New Castle County Detention Center on $4,500 secured bail.

Popo who is described as a white female, 5'2", 140 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes, remains at large.

Anyone with information regarding Popo's whereabouts are asked to contact Detective J. Hatchell of the Troop 2 Youth Aid Division at 302-365-8583 or by calling 911.

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