NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police continue their search for four teenagers who escaped from the Juvenile Detention Center in downtown Nashville Saturday night.
Sixteen-year-old Decorrius Wright and 17-year-old Morris Mars are both suspects in separate Nashville murder cases.Wright is accused in the death of Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets in February and Marsh for the murder of a 19-year-old in April.
The other two boys, 17-year-old Brandon Caruthers and 15-year-old Cavin Howse, have armed robbery and gun possession charges.
Police say the four teens were on a “work detail” inside the juvenile detention center when their supervisor left them to address a fight in another room. They say that’s when the boys got on an elevator, took it to the ground floor, went through a bunch of doors, and ran right out. They were last seen running down 2nd Street toward Jefferson Street.
News 2 spoke to a friend of Kyle Yorlets Sunday.
“He was shot because he didn’t turn over the keys to his vehicle, like they were trying to take his wallet, and the keys to his car,” said Martina Kenner, “So finding this out now, of all things, it was really sad… not reliving it to the full extent, but you know, it’s hard.”
In September 2014, 32 teens escaped from a different facility in Nashville– the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center.
In that same month, 13 escaped after assaulting a guard and stealing his keys. The state turned that facility over to a private company last year.
In this case, police said they were pursuing several leads on the four boys’ locations into Sunday night.
“While they’re out you know, you don’t even know if they, they’re gonna attack the law enforcement officers that try to capture them… It’s a lot to process,” Kenner said.
News 2 is waiting on a statement from the detention center.
Sunday afternoon, police released a photo of four boys in a gas station in Clarksville they thought were the escapees, but that turned out to be a false lead.
Metro Police are searching for the whereabouts of the four teens.
News 2 will have more on-air and online as this continues.