32 teens es­cape from Nashville de­ten­tion cen­ter

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty-two teens “over­whelmed” their min­ders and es­caped from a ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­ter by crawl­ing un­der a weak spot in a fence, a state gov­ern­ment spokesman said. Hours later Tues­day, eight were still on the run.

Po­lice caught up with some walk­ing along roads or com­ing out of the woods. Some turned them­selves in. And some were swiftly de­liv­ered back to the de­ten­tion cen­ter by their own fam­i­lies, con­cerned about what other trou­ble they might face on the out­side.

“He broke loose, he was gone, but he’s back now,” said LaWanda Knowles, whose nephew joined the es­cape. “I just want to know that he’s here safely and he’s OK — I don’t want the po­lice jumping on him, no­body beat­ing on him or noth­ing.”

The teens — ages 14 to 19 — left their rooms at the Wood­land Hills Youth De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter at about 11 p.m. Mon­day night and “over­whelmed” the staff in a common area, said Ten­nessee Depart­ment of Chil­dren’s Ser­vices spokesman Rob John­son.

“Staffing was lighter dur­ing the overnight hours, so pre­sum­ably they had planned for that,” John­son said.

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