Fourth & final teen escapee recaptured after nearly two weeks on the run

Posted at 3:01 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 00:00:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The fourth and final of four teens who escaped the Juvenile Justice Center has been arrested.

Brandon Caruthers was taken into custody without incident Thursday afternoon at the Arbor Crest apartments on Bell Road in Antioch by by law enforcement Agents and officers with TBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and Metro Nashville Police officers.

Police recovered a gun and multiple boxes of ammo from the apartment Caruthers was found.

Metro Nashville Police officials say information provided through Crime Stoppers led them to Caruthers. Two other people in the apartment with him, 20-year-old Brandon Calderon-Sotelo and 19-year-old Catherine Woods, were also taken into custody. Both were charged with being accessories after the fact and facilitation of escape for helping Caruthers.

"It was pretty specific. It was specific enough that I felt confident in it. It stated Caruthers by name and specifically to the building we found him in," Lt. Blaine Whited said during a press conference about the tip.

Caruthers was one of four teens who escaped from the detention facility on Nov. 30. Decorrius Wright, 16, Morris Marsh, 17, Brandon Caruthers, 17, and Calvin Howse, 15 were out of their cells cleaning when staff left them alone to break up a fight in another part of the facility.

"Were just happy to see them all in custody safely and see this come to an end," said Whited.

Caruthers' armed robbery case had been transferred to adult court allowing the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to place Caruthers on the Top 10 Most Wanted list. The three other teens have been arrested along with some of their friends and family, who was charged for allegedly helping them hide from police.

Two Youth Opportunity Investments staff members were criminally charged as a result of the escape.

"You saw the arrests this week of the employees. I think that send s a clear message that a lot went wrong that night," Whited said when asked about how the escape.

A $13,000 reward was offered in the case. Crime Stoppers offered $10,000, The TBI offered $2,500 and an attorney representing Youth Opportunity Investments offered $500.

"His friends didn't turn him in for the $10,000; so we knew what kind of friends he had and what it was going to take to catch him," said Whited.

Metro Police announced Thursday night he will be charged as an adult on an escapee warrant. He is being held on a $200,000 bond.

Caruthers is scheduled to be in court December 18.

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