Detention center employee arrested in connection to escape of 4 Nashville teens

Patrick Jones was arrested for facilitating, through recklessness, the escape of the four boys from a facility on Nov. 30, according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Authorities said at the time that the fugitive teens “used staff protocols” to leave the detention center when their supervisor went to address a fight.

“Jones’ arrest is based on investigation of the escape by the MNPD’s Major Case Task Force,” the department tweeted.

The police department said in a subsequent statement that Jones allowed the four teens to leave their housing units to perform cleaning tasks after lockdown hour, and “three of the four teens were not even eligible to participate on a work detail due to low behavioral scores.”

Another former juvenile detention center employee, Alexis Beech, 25, surrendered on a warrant charging her with facilitating the escape through recklessness, Nashville police tweeted Wednesday night.

Details of her alleged involvement were not immediately available from police. The Tennessean, citing an internal report, reported that Beech’s firing was recommended because she had allegedly failed to supervise the teens. The report named four former employees, including Jones and Beech, according to the newspaper

Three of the four teens were captured within a week of their escape.

Jones, the former supervisor, was employed by contractor Youth Opportunity Investments, police said.

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said in a statement days after the escape that he had “become increasingly concerned about the contract employees’ operation of the detention center since first being briefed on the initial details of the escape,” and noted the 35-minute delay before police were called.

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