(06/19/12) - The Genesee County Prosecutor's Office issued two new charges Tuesday.
16-year-old Mark Jones is still on the run after escaping from a counseling center in Flint Friday afternoon.
Michigan State Police's fugitive team is now teamed up with Flint Police to search for Jones.
Only ABC12 was in court Tuesday as the judge signed the warrant for his new charges.
"Some of the police agencies are more comfortable doing surveillance when there's an outstanding warrant," says Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton on why the new charges were issued.
Jones now faces escape from a juvenile facility and unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle, in addition to the others he already faces in the November 2010 murder of Merlyne Wray in Flint.
Jones is awaiting trial in that case and was housed at the county's Genesee Valley Regional Center in Flint Township.
He was in the care of two detention center guards when he walked away from New Passages Friday.
He was handcuffed and shackled at the feet.
When Jones is captured, there's a possibility he could be held in an adult jail instead of a juvenile facility.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says his office found a provision in the law.
"We're going to ask the judge to house him in the county jail," he says.
In court Tuesday, testimony, from the Flint Police detective seeking charges, revealed investigators believe Jones drove away with a van just blocks away from New Passages.
The van was in a driveway in the 900 block of Gainey Avenue and just a couple of hundred feet from where someone, matching Jones' description, was seen running Eastbound on Gibson near Bradley handcuffed and shackled.
"He came out and it was gone," says a homeowner who did not want to be identified.
She tells ABC12 it was her friend's van and it was parked in her driveway on Gainey Avenue.
The van was off, she says, but the key was in the ignition while he ran inside the home for just a couple of minutes.
We spoke with the van owner by phone Tuesday afternoon.
His van is still missing.
He says there were tools and cash inside of his van.
Again, Jones was handcuffed and shackled when he escaped.
Jones' home address, as listed in online court records, is not far from New Passages or from where the van was taken within minutes of his escape.
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