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Teen who escaped detention center pleads not guilty to unrelated charges

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 14:39:38-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Nashville teenager who faces charges for escaping from the Juvenile Detention Center pleaded not guilty to charges unrelated to the escape.

Brandon Caruthers appeared before a judge Wednesday on charges of aggravated robbery and identity theft.

Caruthers was on the run for nearly two weeks after he and three other juveniles escaped from Davidson County Juvenile Justice Center.

Read more: Surveillance video shows 'dangerous' teens escaping Juvenile Justice Center

A Crime Stoppers tip eventually led police to an apartment in Antioch, where he was hiding out with friends. Police said he was armed with an AR-15 and ammunition.

Caruthers is now being tried as an adult. He faces separate charges in connection with the escape.