COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A teenager who was in jail for burglary was taken to his dentist Friday -- and that's when police said his friends, armed with a gun and Mace, broke him free.
A corrections officer was transporting a juvenile inmate from the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center to the Linden Area Medical Center for a dentist appointment, NBC 4's Patrick Preston reported.
Two males at the medical center came at the corrections officer and put a gun to his head. The two male suspects freed the juvenile prisoner, 17-year-old Brandon Starks, from the officer's custody, Preston said.
"After the inmate stepped out of the vehicle, that's when the two individuals approached and at gunpoint, demanded the keys from him and took the inmate with them when they left," Detective David McKee said.
Per court policy, the officer was not armed and told NBC 4 that he tried to calm the situation.
The three left the scene with keys to Brandon's handcuffs and shackles, Preston reported. Witnesses said they saw them leave in a blue van.
Police said Starks has an extensive criminal record for a 17-year-old boy. He was facing charges of burglary and carrying a concealed weapon.
Police said they expect the trio to face charges.
Starks' mother also was wanted for questioning. She made the dentist appointment and canceled it prior to Starks' arrival.