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3 teens sought after escape from DCS facility in Donelson

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Posted at 3:27 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 23:22:23-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro police have asked the public’s help in locating three "violent" teens who escaped from a DCS facility in Donelson.

A total of five juveniles escaped early Thursday morning from the TrueCore Facility on Stewarts Ferry Pike. They were able to get away after one of the teens grabbed the facility keys from an employee’s lap.

A small, gray SUV picked some of them up.

Police say 18-year-old Cornelius Reed and 16-year-olds Dyquan Poole and Lacories Howse remain at large and all have previous arrests for aggravated robbery and handgun possession.

Howse has also been arrested for carjacking, police said.

Two of the escapees, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, were arrested near the intersection of Donelson Pike and Elm Hill Pike at 3:40 a.m.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600.

DCS released the following statement:

The Department of Children’s Services was notified by TrueCore, the private provider that is contracted by DCS to operate Stones River Academy in Nashville, that five juveniles absconded from the facility early this morning. At this time two of the juveniles are back in custody. The department thanks the Nashville police as they continue to search for the three remaining juveniles.

Effective today, DCS has suspended placements to staff-secure facilities operated by TrueCore in Tennessee. DCS is working with TrueCore on corrective action plans at all staff-secure sites to ensure the safety of the youth as well as the surrounding communities.