NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Authorities are searching for three juveniles who escaped from a youth facility in Donelson late Wednesday night.
Metro Police say the missing youth are Cornelius Reed, 18, whose history includes especially aggravated robbery and handgun possession; Dyquan Poole, 16, whose history includes aggravated robbery and handgun possession; and Lacories Howse, 16, whose history includes carjacking, aggravated robbery and handgun possession.
Meanwhile, the Department of Children’s Services said Thursday that is has suspended placements of youth in staff-secure facilities operated by TrueCore in Tennessee.
“DCS is working with TrueCore on corrective action plans at all staff-secure sites to ensure the safety of the youth as well as the surrounding communities,” it said in a statement.
A total of five teens escaped from Stones River Academy in Donelson just before midnight. Stones River houses youth who have been convicted of serious crimes and sentenced to DCS custody. The facility is operated by the private company, TrueCore.
News 2’s cameras captured the moment when two of the teens, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, were caught a few hours later off Donelson Pike.
According to investigators, the teens escaped after one grabbed the keys from an employee’s lap. The juveniles then pushed their way outside of the building and scaled the fence to escape.
One employee of the facility was injured in the escape and taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to Metro police.
“A little nervous honestly and it’s in this area. I’m a little scared and I had no idea so now that I know that I kind of want to stay put,” said resident Mackenzie Ross.
“I’ll lock my doors, I already know there’s break-in in the area. I’ll also lock my car doors at night but that’s uncomforting for sure,” said resident Mike Murphy.
“The department thanks the Nashville police as they continue to search for the three remaining juveniles,” Department of Children’s Services said in a statement.
In April 2016, five juveniles were charged after starting a small riot at the facility.
Metro’s Chief of Police Steve Anderson expressed concern in May 2016 after a small riot inside the facility and an escape by two teens. One of the teens was involved in another escape prior to the one in April 2016.
“I am very concerned about the apparent lack of remedial action after escapes from this facility over the past several months,” Chief Anderson said.