NORTH PLATTE — Two teens face attempted-murder charges after two staff members were stabbed Tuesday at a placement facility for at-risk boys.
The two teens, Keenan Lambert, 18, of Miller and Jordan Baker, 16, of Hastings, were residents at the Nebraska Youth Center in North Platte. They each face two counts of attempted murder and charges of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, escape using force and theft by unlawful taking.
The teens are accused of attacking two female employees at the Nebraska Youth Center about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The women, ages 37 and 40, had been stabbed with knives multiple times, said North Platte police public information officer Rodney Brown.
The women were taken to Great Plains Regional Medical Center. Brown was unable to confirm reports that the 37-year-old may have been flown to Omaha for surgery. He said their injuries initially were believed to be not life threatening.
After the stabbings, Brown said, Lambert and Baker stole a Dodge Avenger belonging to one of the victims and fled. Law enforcement agencies across the state were asked to be on the lookout for them.
About 2 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy spotted the Avenger driving east through Dawson County on Interstate 80. Lambert and Baker were arrested and taken to the Dawson County Jail in Lexington.
North Platte police investigators transported the teens to the Lincoln County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon. Brown said both would likely be charged as adults.
Brown said the names of the victims will not be released until the investigation is over.
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