Two of the four teenagers whoon Saturday have been apprehended, Nashville police announced Tuesday night. The other two escapees remain at large.
Decorrius Wright and Calvin Howse were apprehended at approximately 8:00 p.m. local time in the parking lot of a Tennessee apartment complex, Lieutenant Blaine Whited of the Juvenile Crime Task Force said at a press conference Tuesday night. Both of the youths attempted to flee on foot, but were quickly apprehended by officers from the task force and the gang unit, Whited added. The teens were not armed.
"We are very happy to have these two youth — these extremely dangerous youth — off our streets," Whited said, crediting task force officers for the investigative efforts that led police to the apartment complex.
The arrests come three days after Wright, Howse, and two other teens escaped from the Davidson County Juvenile Justice Center in downtown Nashville. Authorities said the four teens were on a work detail when a supervisor left them to address a fight in another part of the facility. The group allegedly managed to use "staff protocols" to get to the ground floor of the building and escape.
Surveillance video released Tuesday appears to show the boys running through the hallways of the facility and out the door. Three employees at the facility where the teens were being held were fired following the escape.
Wright, 16, and Morris Marsh, 17, are both murder suspects; Brandon Caruthers, 17, and Howse, 15 are facing charges including armed robbery and gun possession.
Authorities believe Marsh and Caruthers are still in the Nashville area, Whited said.
"We know these kids have had help. They're getting help," he added, asking the public to come forward with any information about the boys' whereabouts.