Teen arrested after escape from juvenile custody

Friday, October 1, 2010 at 1:48pm
Staff reports

Metro police on Thursday arrested an 18-year-old who escaped from juvenile court custody minutes after he received a one-year sentence for burglary.

Officers were investigating a Monday burglary on Took Drive in south Nashville when neighbors reported seeing a suspicious green Ford Thunderbird with an inoperable door that caused the occupant to get in and out through the window.

The suspect vehicle was later spotted outside the Metro Justice Center, where the driver was sentenced to one year behind bars for burglarizing a home in the October Woods subdivision in June.

While waiting to be transferred to an out of county juvenile corrections facility, the 18-year-old escaped in the distinctive vehicle police had been investigating in connection to a south Nashville burglary.

When the teenager pulled into an East Nashville gas station, officers moved in and arrested him without incident.

During questioning, police said the teen admitted to Monday’s burglary on Took Drive. Detectives are also investigating the teen’s possible involvement in other recent break-ins.

The teen is being charged as an adult in the Monday robbery. He is being held on $75,000 bond.

Juvenile corrections authorities are expected to file an escape warrant.