A TEENAGER, who has allegedly spent 38 days on the run after escaping from custody was captured hiding out inside a home at South Grafton this morning.
Acting on information from the public, Coffs Clarence police today executed a search warrant on a Ryan St address at 6.15am.
Police allege the 17-year-old youth was located inside the home, after he escaped from the custody of Juvenile Justice behind the Grafton Courthouse on March 5 following a children's court appearance.
"Despite meeting with resistance from persons inside that house police searched the residence and located the alleged offender hiding in a room," Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly said.
The youth was taken to Grafton Police Station and was charged with one count of detainee escape lawful custody.
He appeared in Grafton Local Court today where he was refused bail to reappear on April 23.
Police said the youth was being held at the Acmena Juvenile Justice Correctional Centre at South Grafton and investigations are continuing.
"This alleged offender was on the run for 38 days and police believe he has been assisted by members of the public to evade capture, which is also under investigation," Snr Srgt. O'Reilly said.