Escapees attack guard at Nashville youth center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Video obtained by News 2 shows the shocking moments several minors brutally attacked a security guard at a Nashville-area mental health facility.

The video helps explain how minors were able to escape from Rosewood Youth Academy and drive off in a stolen car.

It happened Saturday night around 8:30 p.m.

On surveillance video, a security guard can be seen doing paperwork while seated on a couch.

Behind him, one of the teenagers comes out of his room, sneaks up to the guard and gives him a headache.

Two other teenagers rush from the front.

The fight continues for about three minutes and eventually involves another teenager who leaves his room and joins him.

At one point, the door leading to a hallway was closed, preventing the other guards from immediately hearing the din. It didn’t end until other people entered the room and realized what was happening.

At that time, the children took the keys from the guard’s belt, went out and stole his car. The employee managed to track the stolen car before it later crashed.

On Tuesday, News 2 showed video of the chase that ended in Wilson County when a family’s home was nearly hit by the overturned vehicle.

The four minors have since been arrested.

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This isn’t the first time this establishment has had problems with escapees. Earlier this year, three runaways were reported at the facility. In 2019, there were five different cases of escapees.

Department of Children’s Services officials said Rosewood Youth Academy is not a facility with locks and barbed wire. It is a facility where children in state custody receive mental health care.

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