NORTH PLATTE - Two teens have been arrested for attempted murder after allegedly stabbing two staff members at a placement facility for at-risk boys.
According to the North Platte Police Department, warrants were served on Keenan Lambert, 18, of Miller, and Jordan Baker, 16, of Hastings, on Tuesday afternoon.
The two were residents at the Nebraska Youth Center in North Platte. They each face two counts of attempted murder, a Class II felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison.
The teens also face charges of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, another Class II felony, as well as escape using force and theft by unlawful taking, both Class III felonies.
According to Rodney Brown, the department's public information officer, the teens attacked two female employees at the Nebraska Youth Center, 1807 Washington Ave., at about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Brown said when police arrived at the facility, they found that the women, ages 37 and 40, had been stabbed with knives multiple times.
The victims were transported by ambulance to Great Plains Regional Medical Center. As of press time, Brown was unable to confirm reports that the 37-year-old may have been life-flighted to Omaha for surgery. He said their injuries were initially thought not to be life-threatening.
After the stabbings, 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.
At about 2 a.m., a deputy spotted the Avenger driving east through Dawson County on Interstate 80. Lambert and Baker were stopped near mile marker 238, arrested and taken to the Dawson County Jail in Lexington to await extradition.
North Platte Police Department investigators transported the teens to the Lincoln County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon. Brown said both would likely be charged as adults.
Brown said the police department would not release the names of the victims at this time.