Former Juvenile Detention Center employees charged in escape of Nashville teens

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A former Juvenile Detention Center Supervisor and another employee have been charged in the escape of four teens last month.

Metro police said Patrick Jones was arrested Wednesday on a charge of facilitating, through recklessness, the Nov. 30 escape of four teens.

The Davidson County Juvenile Court released a statement on the investigation, which reads:

Juvenile Court cannot comment on the pending criminal charges against the former employees of our detention contractor, Youth Opportunity Investments. Juvenile Court is continuing to conduct an exhaustive review of the circumstances surrounding the escape, as well as our detention contract generally. We are grateful to Chief Anderson and the Major Case Task Force of MNPD for investigating the circumstances of the escape. We are also grateful to the Juvenile Crime Task Force, the Youth Services Division, and other MNPD divisions for the tireless and dedicated work they have put in as a result of this incident.

Decorrius Wright, Morris Marsh, Brandon Caruthers, and Calvin Howse all managed to escape from the facility.

Police said Jones, who was employed as a supervisor by Youth Opportunity Investments, allowed the teens to leave their housing pod to perform cleaning duties in a multi-purpose room after the 9 p.m. bedtime/lockdown hour.

According to a release, three of the four teens were not eligible to participate on work detail due to low behavioral scores. Officials said Jones also did not have the facility’s control center secure an elevator before he got off of it. The teens used the elevator to escape.

Investigators say Jones also failed to recognize that the four teens were unsupervised when he got off the elevator and passed them while responding to a call for assistance in another part of the building.

Officers said Jones’ arrest is based on an investigation by Metro police’s Major Case Task Force.

Another former employee, 25-year-old Alexis Beech, surrendered to police Wednesday night. Beech had arrest warrants for also facilitating the escape through recklessness.

Beech’s bond was set at $10,000.

Three of the four teens have been captured except Brandon Caruthers, who is still at large.

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