Crime Report: Three juvenile detention center employees will be fired after teens escaped
Two of four teens captured after escaping Tennessee juvenile detention center
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Metro Nashville Police captured two teenagers Tuesday who escaped from a juvenile detention center in Nashville. MNPD said Decorrius Wright, 16, and Calvin Howse, 15, were captured by the Juvenile Crime Task Force in Madison. BREAKING: Escaped teens Decorrius Wright & Calvin Howse have just been apprehended by the Juvenile Crime Task Force in Madison. pic.twitter.com/8yGL43keCZ MNPD said Decorrius Wright, 16, and Calvin Howse, 15, were captured by the Juvenile Crime Task Force in Madison.
Three employees at the Nashville juvenile detention center will be fired because of mistakes they made that allowed four teenagers to escape custody Saturday night, according to an internal report released this week.
The report compiled by Youth Opportunity, the company that manages the Woodland Street facility, cataloged a series of policy violations that led to the break-out.
One employee broke the rules by allowing the youths out of their cells after bedtime because the building "needed to be cleaned."
2 of the 4 teens who escaped from a Nashville detention center have been found
Two teenagers who broke out of a Nashville juvenile detention center were recaptured Tuesday, police said. © Davidson County Juvenile CourtDecorrius Wright, 16, and Calvin Howse, 15, were taken in custody by the Juvenile Crime Task Force in Madison, Tennessee, the Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted.Authorities are still searching for the two other teens who escaped from the facility on Saturday. The arrests come hours after officials released security videos that showed the teens running undetected through the empty hallways of the facility and escaping through the front door.
Another staff member left the youths alone and unsupervised while they were cleaning, allowing them to "devise a way to escape."
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After the youths managed to get onto an elevator that was improperly left open by a staff member, the elevator operator ignored security cameras inside and was tricked into sending the four youths to an unsecured floor.
And despite policy explicitly directing staff to call 911 the moment an escape is suspected, the staff searched on their own for 13 minutes, called at least four corporate and court employees and then continued searching in a private car before notifying police.
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TBI announced one of the escapees, 17-year-old Brandon Caruthers was added to the list Monday evening. Two of the other three escapees, 16-year-old Deccorius Wright and 17-year-old Morris Marsh are both accused of murder in separate cases. And 15-year-old Calvin Howse was being held on auto theft and gun possession charges according to Metro Nashville police. Nashville’s police chief Steve Anderson says his department’s “Major Case Task Force” will be investigating the circumstances surrounding how the teens were able to escape Saturday night.
Surveillance footage showed the teens running out the front door of the Juvenile Justice Center at about 9:44 p.m. Sunday. Police weren't notified until 10:22 p.m.
The four teens remained at large Monday night.
Youth Opportunity employees Tierra Foxx, Alexis Beech and Ja Peers will be fired for their roles in the incident, according to the recommendations section of the internal report.
Foxx will be disciplined for policy violations, Beech failed to supervise the youths and Peers moved the elevator to an unsecured floor, according to the report.
Supervisor Patrick Jones — who allowed the youths out of their cells, left the elevator door open and drove around the facility on his own looking for the youths before he called 911 — was suspended for three days.
A statement from the company did not mention the terminations and said only that four employees had been suspended. A spokesperson did not respond to a question about the discrepancy.
Teen charged in Kyle Yorlets' death among four who escaped juvenile detention, police say
Decorrius Wright is accused of the shooting death of Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets. He and three other teens escaped custody Saturday night.Decorrius Wright, 16, is accused in the February shooting death of Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets on Torbett Street.
Police have been blistering in their criticism of Youth Opportunity staff, particularly because police were alerted about 38 minutes after detention center staff discovered the escape.
Lt. Blaine Whited said the delay likely hampered police efforts to locate the youths in the pivotal moments immediately after the escape. During a media conference Monday, police Chief Steve Anderson accused the staff of "gross negligence," and said he had ordered an independent investigation of the lead-up to the escape.
Police said the four escapees should be considered dangerous.
- Decorrius Wright, 16, is one of five youths charged in the February shooting death of Kyle Yorlets outside his Torbett Street home.
- Morris Marsh, 17, is accused in the April slaying of Charles Easley.
- Brandon Caruthers, 17, is facing an armed robbery charge in adult court.
- Calvin Howse, 15, was being held after a November arrest on charges of auto theft and gun possession.
Police urge anyone who sees the teens to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.
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This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean:
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Two of the four teens who escaped—all aged between 15 and 17—are facing murder charges, and two more are accused of gun possession and auto theft. Wright, top left, is accused alongside four other teenagers of murdering 24-year-old Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets.According to charges filed by the State District Attorney, the five teenagers involved were in a stolen red Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck when they spotted Yorlets outside his home in the 3200 block of Torbett Street on February 7.The minors allegedly accosted Yorlets, took his wallet and killed him after he refused to give up his car keys.
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