UPDATE: Arriola has been located and returned to the Department of Juvenile Justice
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Deputies are searching for a 15-year-old boy who escaped from state custody at the Collier County Health Department on Tuesday afternoon.
Cristian Arriola escaped from the county Health Department around 2:00 p.m. Deputies were searching the area around the Collier County government complex, where the Health Department is located.
Arriola had been transported to the Health Department from Big Cypress Wilderness Institute, a Florida Department of Juvenile Justice facility for at-risk males ages 14-18, in Ochopee. Residential facilities are for youth who are required by a judge to stay in the care of the Department of Juvenile Justice for an extended time.
Arriola is described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, a green or white T-shirt and a gray hooded sweat shirt that says “Swamp Boys,” a reference to the wilderness institute, and black Nike shoes. He has tattoos on both forearms; a skull on one forearm and an expletive on the other.
Arriola has a violent criminal history that includes robbery and weapons offenses, all in Hendry County. Deputies are cautioning the public not to approach Arriola or make contact with him.