NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Four of six teenagers accused of bailing from a stolen car in the parking lot of McGavock High School are in custody.
Metro police say the principal saw a former 16-year-old student with five other young people she didn’t recognize inside the car around 2:15 p.m.
When a school resource officer approached the group, all six reportedly ran off.
Officers and K-9 units flooded the area, prompting a precautionary lockdown at the Lakeshore Heartland Nursing Home.
Two of the teenagers, 18-year-old Kenneth Seay and a 16-year-old, were caught behind an outbuilding on Midvale Drive.
Police say a 15-year-old girl was found in a nearby wooded area and the fourth suspect, age 14, was found hiding in the third floor laundry room of the Heartland nursing home. Officers reportedly went door-to-door during their search.
Effie McGlother was sitting outside the retirement home talking with her friends when she heard sirens. Then the group saw a teenage girl and boy running toward their patio.
“We asked, ‘Are the police looking for you?’ And the young lady said, ‘No, ma’am.’ And they just kept running across,” McGlother told News 2.
Metro police searched Heartland and found the male McGlother saw in the third floor laundry room.
“These officers are trained on where to look and how to look,” said spokeswoman Kris Mumford. “So without putting the residents in fear, they were able to search the two buildings.”
McGlother told News 2 the teen was able to walk right through the front door into their building because the door isn’t locked until nighttime.
“I think there should be another level of security other than allowing people just to walk in,” she said. “I think there should be another level of security.”
News 2 wanted to speak with the nursing center regarding the incident but representatives would not speak with us.
Two 16-year-olds, including the former McGavock student, remain at large.
Metro authorities say the car had been reported stolen at 2 a.m. this morning from outside a Kottas Place Drive home.
Seay faces charges of theft over $10,000 and evading arrest. It’s not clear if the other teenagers are charged at this time.