Woodland Hills escapee captured - WSMV News 4

Woodland Hills escapee captured

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Timothy Willis, 16 Timothy Willis, 16

Metro police have captured the final teenager missing after Friday night's escape at the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center.

Timothy Willis, 16, was taken into custody early Sunday after Sgt. Gary Smith spotted him walking on Clarksville Pike near Kings Lane.

According to police, Willis said he had been hiding in a wooded area.

He was one of  13 teenagers who escaped from Woodland Hills Friday.

Two teens overpowered a guard at about 11 p.m., taking his keys and radio, according to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

The group used the keys to open the back door and let others escape the dormitory.

The escapees ran to the front gate, where one of them squeezed through a small opening. That person then used a rock to smash a window at the guard shack and open the gate for the others.

Two guards were injured during the escape. One has been treated and released from the hospital.

DCS officials said 65 kids and 14 staff members were on campus Friday night. The student to staff ratio for sleeping hours is 1 to 16.

Within a few hours of the escape, Metro Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol had captured all but Willis.

The youths were taken to a detention center in Davidson County.

The facility faces a history of problems. Friday's security breach is the third major disturbance at Woodland Hills this month. 

Channel 4 News will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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