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MNPD's Major Case Task Force to Investigate Circumstances of Juvenile Detention Center Escape

12/2/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chief Steve Anderson this afternoon announced that the MNPD’s Major Case Task Force will lead an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Saturday night’s escape of four teens from Nashville’s Juvenile Detention Facility. The Major Case Task Force, part of the Specialized Investigations Division, was given this assignment so that the MNPD’s Youth Services Division and Juvenile Crime Task Force can devote their full attention to locating and apprehending the teens, as well as identifying anyone in the community who may be harboring or assisting them.

“I have become increasingly concerned about the contract employees’ operation of the detention center since first being briefed on the initial details of the escape,” Chief Anderson said. “I share Juvenile Court leadership’s concerns on several fronts, not the least of which is the 35-plus minute lead time the escaped teens had before 911 was called. The Major Case Task Force will be looking closely at this entire event while our other teams do everything they can to bring the four back into custody.”

Officers/detectives have been working ‘round the clock to locate Decorrius Wright, 16, Morris Marsh, 17, Brandon Caruthers, 17, and Calvin Howse, 15, since their escape was reported at 10:22 p.m. Saturday. All four are considered to be dangerous. Wright and Marsh are both accused of murder in separate cases. An August 2018 armed robbery charge against Caruthers was transferred last month to Criminal (adult) Court. Howse was being held as the result of his arrest November 21 on charges of auto theft and gun possession. He had an armed robbery charge last year.

The Juvenile Crime Task Force has been divided into two components to develop and pursue leads concerning the teens’ whereabouts. One component is working days, the other nights. The Gang Unit is also assisting. A team of Youth Services detectives has been working in staggered shifts to provide 24 hour on-duty coverage to this continuing investigation.

Anyone seeing Wright, Marsh, Caruthers or Howse, who have likely split up, is asked to immediately contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward. Persons knowing of anyone harboring or aiding the teens is also asked to contact Crime Stoppers.

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