Police: No charges to be filed after teen sneaks into private Phoenix quarry

PHOENIX - Less than 24 hours after a teenager hopped a fence into a Phoenix quarry and had to be rescued , officials are talking about the dangers of the situation and the rescue.

Phoenix Fire Captain Jonathan Jacobs said a 16-year-old hopped a fence Monday night into the Buffalo Ridge Quarry near 16th Street and Union Hills Drive. The teenager then got stuck on a ledge and his sister had to call authorities for help.

Jacobs said one wrong step could have sent the boy falling several hundred feet.

A general manager at We Rock AZ, the company which leases the property at the quarry, said it has warning signs and barbed wire surrounding the entire property to help keep people away.

The fencing and warning signs are visible around the property including a portion of land high above the quarry.

"We've done everything we can and we've had this numerous times where kids are playing in this area and it's a nuisance," said We Rock AZ General Manager Mark Hollowell.  "It's dangerous and there have been times when I jump in the car and they see me coming and take off, it typically happens after business hours."

Hollowell said he found out about the incident early in the morning and was breathing a sigh of relief, thankful for the Phoenix Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team.

"I'm just so glad everyone was able to come here and do the job they do well, that they train for and glad that young man is ok," said Hollowell while standing next the quarry.

Hollowell went on to express his concern for the kids who think the property is a playground, "this is not a playground and I hope the public and parents heed the warnings next time, this quarry is full of deep pockets and jagged ridges."

Tuesday afternoon, Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said it appears as though the land owner is not going to press charges against the teen.



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