NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Authorities have apprehended the fourth and final teen who escaped from the Juvenile Detention Center on Nov. 30.
Police say 17-year-old Brandon Caruthers was taken into custody at an Antioch apartment complex on Arbor Crest Blvd. off Bell Road Thursday afternoon by a MNPD SWAT Team, MNPD officers and Deputy U.S. Marshals. He was taken into custody without incident.
BREAKING: Escaped teen Brandon Caruthers, accused of armed robbery, has just been taken into custody by MNPD SWAT, Juvenile Crime Task Force officers & Deputy U.S. Marshals at an Antioch apartment complex. pic.twitter.com/LZ2W7v5EpW— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 12, 2019
Caruthers was arrested following tips provided through Crime Stoppers. Police also arrested two adults in the apartment with him. A loaded gun, identified as an AR-15, and several boxes of ammo were also recovered from the apartment.
We have recovered this gun and boxes of ammo from the apartment in which escaped teen Brandon Caruthers was located. pic.twitter.com/wghPmU1Abc— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 12, 2019
The other two people in the apartment with Caruthers have been identified as 20-year-old Brandon Calderon-Sotelo and his girlfriend, 19-year-old Catherine Woods. Both have been charged with being accessories after the fact and facilitation of escape. Police say Caruthers had been staying with the couple since at least last Sunday.
BREAKING: Brandon Calderon-Sotelo, 20, & his girlfriend, Catherine Woods, 19, tonight are charged with being accessories after the fact and facilitation of escape in regard to Brandon Caruthers. They were with Caruthers in Woods' Antioch apt when Caruthers was arrested today. pic.twitter.com/7qnFdxCfIQ— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 13, 2019
In custody! TBI Most Wanted fugitive Brandon Caruthers was taken into custody in Davidson County this afternoon, by law enforcement Agents and officers with TBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and @MNPDNashville. pic.twitter.com/OJJTUwqIEK— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) December 12, 2019
Caruthers was added to the TBI’s Most Wanted List shortly after his escape.
At a press conference held Thursday afternoon, investigators say they received 10 Crime Stoppers tips. From one very credible tip they believed they had a good chance to capture Caruthers, and it turned out to be successful.
Information provided through Crime Stoppers helped lead to Caruthers' apprehension. Two other persons in the apartment with him, a female and a male, both adults, are also in custody. pic.twitter.com/0GsQRkZjKS— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 12, 2019
Caruthers will be booked at Metro PD headquarters, and will then be transferred back to the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Facility.
He has been charged as an adult on an escape warrant because the aggravated robbery charge against him was already transferred to adult court.
Caruthers is being held under a $200,000 bond.
BREAKING: Brandon Caruthers, 17, tonight has been charged as an adult on an escape warrant because the aggravated robbery charge against him had already been transferred to adult court. He is being held under a total bond of $200k. pic.twitter.com/2CunMJJNav— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 13, 2019