MARION, Ohio (WCMH) — Isaac Altenburger said he watched as Michael Wilson, 16, climbed hand over hand up the fence for the recreation center at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.
That climb is no small feat considering the fence is 12 to 16 feet tall lined with barbed wire on top.
“I saw the kids at the rec room start going inside. One started heading towards the fence, he jumped up a few times and wasn’t successful at first, but after the third or fourth time he went right over the fence and started running,” he said.
Altenburger is a student and a security guard for his apartment building, which sits right behind the Marion County Juvenile Justice Center.
“I called immediately as soon as he jumped the fence, and by the time I called and hung up, they already had a perimeter set up,” he said.
Altenburger gives authorities high marks for throwing a lot of manpower into the perimeter and search.
He said neighbors referred to Michael Wilson as Spiderman.
“When I first heard the thing about Spiderman it made me chuckle a little bit, because he did climb the fence and it is a very tall fence,” Altenburger said.
Wilson was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware for treatment for injuries he received during his escape. He was transported to the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center.
NBC4 examined his juvenile records. He was charged with robbery, burglary and assaulting a teacher at the juvenile detention center in 2013. He was released from custody in 2015 and seven days later records show he was charged with aggravated assault.