Teen who escaped state custody located

Cristian Arriola

Cristian Arriola

UPDATE: Arriola has been located and returned to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.


A 15-year-old boy being held an Ochopee juvenile justice facility escaped from a county building Tuesday afternoon, sheriff's officials said.

Cristian Arriola, a Hendry County teen with a history of robbery and weapons offenses, fled from the Collier County Health Department at about 2 p.m., sheriff's officials said. Arriola is in state custody at the Big Cypress Wilderness Institute, a moderate-risk facility for juvenile offenders between 14 and 18 years old.

Arriola is described as a 5-foot-7-inch, 145-pound white male with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the words "Swamp Boys" on it, referencing the nickname for teens at Big Cypress, as well as khaki shorts, a green or white T-shirt and black Nike shoes. He has forearm tattoos of a skull and an expletive.

Deputies are advising residents not to approach Arriola. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or a local law enforcement agency.

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