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Crime What we know: Around-the-clock search for teens who escaped juvenile detention center continues

18:56  03 december  2019
18:56  03 december  2019 Source:   tennessean.com

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Four teens suspected of violent crimes in Nashville remained at large Tuesday morning after their escape from a juvenile detention center over the weekend. 

a couple of people that are standing in front of a stage: Metro Nashville Police officers Capt. Charles Widener, left, and Lt. Blaine Whited give an update on the search for four escaped juveniles accused of violent crimes at a news conference at MNPD headquarters on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Nashville. © Mariah Timms Metro Nashville Police officers Capt. Charles Widener, left, and Lt. Blaine Whited give an update on the search for four escaped juveniles accused of violent crimes at a news conference at MNPD headquarters on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Nashville.

Among them is Decorrius Wright, 16, accused in the February shooting death of Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets on Torbett Street.

Escapee Morris Marsh, 17, is also accused of murder. Brandon Caruthers, 17, and Calvin Howse, 15, have armed robbery and gun possession charges in their arrest history.

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The Metro Nashville Police Department Youth Services Division and Juvenile Crime Task Force has been working almost around-the-clock in multiple shifts to locate the teens. The Major Case Task Force launched a separate investigation Monday morning into the events that led up to the escape.

"I have no indication a crime was committed, some overt act to assist in their escape, but there was certainly a lot of gross negligence," MNPD Chief Steve Anderson said Monday after reviewing an internal report of the events that led to the escape

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Where are they?

Police believe the teens had help in their escape, either from family or friends. No related carjackings or thefts had been reported as of Monday afternoon, officers said. 

"There are people who know where these juveniles are," MNPD Capt. Tommy Widener said. 

The teens are unlikely to still be together as a group of four, Widener said. 

All four are likely to still be in Davidson County, although surrounding counties and states have been notified, MNPD Lt. Blaine Whited of the Juvenile Crime Task Force said. 

"Juveniles rarely commit crimes alone. They're more likely to go back to acquaintances," Widener said. 

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Officers have visited their homes and known hangouts multiple times since their escapes and will continue to visit them, they said. If the teens were sleeping on the street, someone would have spotted them by now, Widener said. 

"They're sleeping somewhere at night, they've been in vehicles, they're inside a residence somewhere," Widener said. 

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Who are they?

a group of people posing for the camera: Clockwise from top left: Decorrius Wright, 16; Brandon Caruthers, 17; Morris Marsh, 17; Calvin Howse, 15 © Metro Nashville Police Department Clockwise from top left: Decorrius Wright, 16; Brandon Caruthers, 17; Morris Marsh, 17; Calvin Howse, 15

Each of the teens were being held on criminal charges at the Juvenile Detention Center on Woodland Street in Nashville.

Police said Wright walked out of the downtown facility Saturday night, less than two days before a transfer hearing, when prosecutors planned to argue he should face his homicide charge in adult court.

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In court Monday morning, Judge Sheila Calloway agreed to delay the hearing following the escape. She set a new date in January, hoping that would give police enough time to find Wright and take him back into custody.

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Wright is one of five youths accused in the February shooting death of Yorlets outside his home on Torbett Street. Wright was recorded telling one of the other suspects he shot Yorlets, according to court records.

Marsh is charged with murder in the April 8 shooting of Charlie Easley near his residence at the Point Breeze Apartments on Lemont Drive. Responding officers found Easley shot multiple times, lying in the street.

Caruthers was being held on an August 2018 armed robbery charge and Howse faces charges of auto theft and gun possession. 

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How did they get out?

The teens were able to walk out of the front door of the Juvenile Detention Center on Woodland Street, a facility operated by contractor Youth Opportunity Investments. 

Here's how officials said it happened:

  • Bedtime at the downtown juvenile detention facility is typically 9 p.m. But a supervisor removed four youths from their cells after bedtime to clean.
  • Then, there was a "disturbance" in another part of the building. The supervisor left the youths alone to address the disturbance.
  • Then the youths got on an elevator that was left open by a different staffer.
  • The youths convinced the elevator operator to send them to the basement, which is unsecured.
  • The four got into the main part of the juvenile court building and ran away.
  • The supervisor on duty found out the youths were missing and notified the facility director at 9:57 p.m.
  • While the director, who is employed by contractor Youth Opportunity Investments, notified members of the corporate team, the supervisor "drove around in his car" look for the teens.
  • The supervisor called 911 at 10:22 p.m. 

Police arrived on the scene within minutes of the 911 call. 

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"If we'd been told earlier, we could have established a pretty tight perimeter," between the nearby river and interstate branch, Whited said. 

What have police said?

Anderson stressed the youth of the missing teens in his comments on the search. 

"Until 25 or so, our brains, we don't necessarily make the best decisions. When you're an escapee doing what you need to do, you think, to keep from being apprehended, you're probably not making the best decisions, also" Anderson said. "We aim to protect the safety of the public and the safety of the people inside the facility."

Officers said the teens are likely to be with acquaintances and urged the public to be vigilant, including asking parents to check in with their children who may know the escaped teens. 

"The investigation is extremely active, we're pursuing active leads, aren’t hitting dead ends," Whited said. "It's against the law to harbor them."

He said it was more than likely that the four had assistance once they got out of the facility and were free in downtown Nashville on Saturday. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Metro Nashville Police Lt. Blaine Whited gives an update on the search for four escaped juveniles on Monday. © Mariah Timms Metro Nashville Police Lt. Blaine Whited gives an update on the search for four escaped juveniles on Monday.

What's next?

Three facility employees have been fired in the wake of the investigation and another was placed on temporary leave. 

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In a statement, Youth Opportunity said the company is working closely with the court to "assess the circumstances that led to this unfortunate incident and to develop enhanced security measures that will prevent similar situations in the future."

The company said it has had few safety and security breaches. 

"Youth Opportunity acknowledges that several members of its security personnel made improper decisions that, when combined, led to an opportunity for the four youth to leave the facility," the statement said.

The company began managing the facility in July 2015.

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Juvenile court administrator Kathy Sinback said the contractor that runs the facility, Youth Opportunity Investments, had taken "several immediate measures" to improve security, including limiting elevator access to shift supervisors only.

"The safety of the community is paramount to our staff at Juvenile Court," Sinback said. "Juvenile Court will remain completely engaged in all efforts to return the youth to detention, to determine exactly how this happened, and to ensure that this type of incident does not happen again. "

Police said the four escapees should be considered dangerous but were not certain Monday whether they were likely to be armed. 

Anyone who sees the teens is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward. 

Adam Tamburin contributed to this report. Reach reporter Mariah Timms at mtimms@tennessean.com or 615-259-8344 and on Twitter @MariahTimms

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