Teens facing attempted homicide charges at Berks detention center

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 11, 2016 8:17 AM

(Morgantown) -- Two teenagers are facing attempted homicide charges for allegedly attacking a staff member at a Berks County youth detention center.

State police say it happened around 6:00 a.m. Saturday at Abraxas Academy near Morgantown.

 Authorities say 16-year-old Herminio Caraballo, of Allentown, and 15-year-old Robert Battle Jr., of West Lawn, lured staffer Steven Davis to their room. Police say they took his radio and began punching and kicking him.

They also allegedly tried to strangle Davis and threatened to kill him.

Police say Davis got the teens to stop assaulting him by telling them he could help them escape.

Authorities say the older boy led Davis down a hallway with a pen to his neck, threatening to kill him.

Staff members eventually restrained both teens.

Davis was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Both teens are charged as adults.

Their names weren't immediately released.

*This story has been updated with the names of the teenagers allegedly involved in the attack

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