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At 11:11 PM (Mon), the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department called every home in Discovery Bay and Byron with the following warning and shelter-in-place alert:

11:11 PM:   Four juveniles escaped from the Byron Boys Ranch in Byron this evening. One is believed to be dangerous.   People in the Byron and Discovery Bay areas are advised to take shelter in the nearest place of safety. Go inside, and close and lock all windows and doors. Stay off the phone unless you need to report a life-threatening emergency at your location. The first escapee is described as a black male, 15 years old, six feet three inches tall, weighing 300 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and is mentally challenged. The second escapee is a hispanic male, 14 years old, five feet tall and weighs 110 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. The third escapee is a black male, 15 years old, six feet four inches tall, and weighs 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. the fourth escapee is a hispanic male, 14 years old, five feet tall, and weighs 125 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. If you have seen these juveniles, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 925-646-2441. Stay indoors until five a.m. unless you receive further official instructions.

11:45 PM:  Co Co Sheriff reports they have not yet picked up escaped boys. There will be another phone message at 5am, to let everyone know if it is safe to go out. In the meantime, lock doors and windows. Report ANY suspicious activity or sounds to the Sheriff dispatch directly: 646-2441 Delta Station

6:30 AM:  The shelter-in-place has been lifted, although none of the four escaped boys has yet been located.  While it is likely the boys have traveled quite some distance at this point, Discovery Bay and Byron residents should remain vigilant and use caution today.  Report any suspicious persons and activities to Contra Cost County Sheriff’s Delta Station: 646-2441.

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