NASHVILLE -- A group of teenagers escaped from a Nashville juvenile detention center late Saturday night and are still on the run, police said.
Four teenagers, including two accused murderers, broke out of the downtown facility around 9:44 p.m. Saturday while they were on a work detail, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department. The staff supervisor was distracted by a fight in another part of the facility and the four were able to take the elevator to the ground floor and then escape out a door.
At least 35 minutes passed before anyone notified police of the foursome’s escape, officials said.
One of the four escapees, 16-year-old Decorrius Wright is accused of killing Kyle Yorlets, a 24-year-old local musician, in February. Wright and four other teenagers, aged 12 to 16, were charged with criminal homicide after they allegedly robbed him of his wallet, then allegedly shot him when he refused to give them the keys to his car.
“We are in a state of shock and are having to grasp the reality that is now in front of us,” Yorlets’ band, Carverton, said in a statement at the time. “We are heartbroken. Our condolences for his family and loved ones and all the lives that he touched. We will never forget Kyle, and though he is gone too soon his legacy is here to stay.”
Morris Marsh, 17, allegedly murdered a 19-year-old man in April. Brandon Caruthers, 17, has been charged in an August 2018 armed robbery case. Calvin Howse, 15, was arrested in November for auto theft and gun possession.
Anyone who sees the escapees is asked to call 615-862-8600 immediately.
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