Teens on the run after escaping youth facility in Donelson

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police are searching for two juveniles who escaped from a residential youth facility Sunday morning.

It happened at the G4S Academy for Young Men, also known as the G4S Stones River Academy, located on Stewarts Ferry Pike in Donelson.

Metro police were notified of the escape at 7:15 a.m., about 30 minutes after the teens left.

Two officers later spotted the teens at 7:36 a.m. near Interstate 40 West and Stewarts Ferry Pike, but the boys ran into the woods.

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The officers chased them on foot, but were unable to catch them. A perimeter was then set up near the Stewarts Ferry Apartments and the Stones River Greenway. Metro aviation units and park officers also assisted with the search.

The operation was halted around 10:20 a.m.

The teens, who are both 15-years-old, have been identified as Jason Crawford of Sparta and Hunter Hackney of Lenoir City.

According to officials, Crawford was one of two teens who escaped from the facility on April 24. He was taken into custody the next day after he reportedly stole a vehicle and sent White County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a pursuit.

Hackney and another teen escaped on the night of Feb. 14. They were apprehended after a citizen saw them running behind a business on Stewarts Ferry Pike.

Both Crawford and Hackney were last seen wearing maroon T-shirts when the escaped the facility Saturday night.

Anyone who sees them should call the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600.

According to G4S’s website, the facility is a “residential treatment program for 24 male youth offenders, ages 13 and up, who are committed to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.”

Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson says he’s concerned about the recent incidents at the facility.

“I am very concerned about the apparent lack of remedial action after escapes from this facility over the past several months. Residents and business owners in this area should use caution in any dealings with strangers until we can determine where these escaped teens are.”

Rob Johnson, the Communications Director for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, told News 2 that the facility runs good programs, but the kids will sometimes escape.

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