Teen Arrested After Pierceton Escape

A Fort Wayne teen was arrested Friday for escaping from Pierceton Woods Academy.
On May 1, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department responded to an escape at Pierceton Woods Academy. An employee told police that Austin Gambler, 18, Fort Wayne, escaped into the woods.
Another inmate told the officer that he and Gambler planned to escape and made various weapons out of sticks and the metal from a three-ring binder. The second inmate also said that he decided not escape but Gambler still proceeded.
According to the probable cause affidavit provided by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office, Gambler was placed in Pierceton Woods in August by the Indiana Department of Corrections. His release date was set for four months from now.
Gambler was located and returned to Pierceton Woods Academy by police. Kosciusko County Prosecutor Dan Hampton advised that since Gambler was an adult, he should be charged for escape. Hampton then produced a warrant for Gambler’s arrest and KCSD served it.
Gambler was arrested on the warrant for escape, a level five felony, on a $10,250 bond at the Kosciusko County Jail.