5 teens charged after escaping youth development facility in Fayette County, sheriff says

FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. — UPDATE: 7:22 a.m.

Fayette County Sheriff’s officials said the five teens who escaped a youth development facility have been taken into custody.

Authorities received reports that a group of young men were walking near I-40 and Bernard Road, the sheriff said.

Members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the TN Highway Patrol located the teens and took them into custody without incident.

Officials said the Shelby County Sheriff’s K-9 unit also worked overnight to scent track the teens.

The teens will be charged with Escape and Vandalism for damage to a security fence that was cut.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Five teens have escaped a youth development center in Somerville, Tennessee.

According to a release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the teens escaped Sunday night around 11:15 p.m. from the Wilder Youth Development Center.

The teens left in an unknown direction after escaping the facility on foot.

Four of the teens are from Memphis, the sheriff said.

One is from Selmer, Tenn.

Two of the teens are 17 years old, two are 18, and the youngest is 16.

All of the teens have violent histories and were being detained on charges including carjacking, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a deadly weapon, theft of property and evading arrest, the sheriff said.

Deputies are actively searching the area.

Residents near the facility should remove keys from vehicles and make sure they are locked.

Investigators have reason to believe the escapees may have attempted to steal a vehicle at the facility, the sheriff said.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will be providing a heightened law enforcement presence at the schools located near Wilder Youth Facility as a precautionary measure.

Anyone with any information regarding these escapees is urged to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 901-465-3456.