Search continues for ‘violent’ teen who escaped police custody

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Authorities are searching for a 16-year-old who escaped from police custody in Rutherford County Thursday afternoon. 

The teen, identified as Tai Tyron Harrell, reportedly has a history of assault and other violent crimes.

He was being held at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center for Clarksville police. Officials said he escaped custody around 1:42 p.m. Thursday.

According to officials, Clarksville/Montgomery County does not have a juvenile detention facility, so a judge assigns them to other counties to be held wherever there are vacancies, which explains why Harrell was in the Murfreesboro area. 

Harrell should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, do not approach him and immediately call 911.

According to Rutherford County officials, Harrell was being held on 10 counts of aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment, evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.

Clarksville police said Harrell also has 24 juvenile crime petitions on file. 

Officers have not released information about how Harrell was able to get out of the detention facility or how long it was before officers noticed he was gone. According to the facility’s director, the information cannot be released at this time because it is part of an ongoing investigation. 

Police believe he later stole a 2019 Silver Tundra pickup truck from Parker Brothers Window Tinting on Memorial Boulevard. There was a loaded Springfield 45 pistol inside the vehicle. 

The truck has two-day-old temporary tags with the number #D445005 and tinted windows.

Harrell is described as approximately 5-foot-6-inches tall and 120 pounds. He was wearing a white and black prison-style jumpsuit. He also has a tattoo of Bart Simpson on his right forearm and the numbers 410 on his left forearm. 

Harrell was reported missing in August 2018 and Clarksville police searched for him for months. The TBI issued an endangered child alert for him in March.

He was arrested earlier this month after a standoff with officers in Clarksville.

Officials said there were no reported sightings of him in the Clarksville area overnight but they are doing everything they can to help find him. 

Harrell should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, do not approach him and call 911 immediately. 

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