Six teenagers, 8 guns and 2 stolen vehicles. That’s what Juvenile Crime Task Force officers found themselves dealing with Thursday night as they worked to apprehend a runaway from state custody. It was a wild night at the Airport Inn & Suites.
The investigation took place at Nashville Airport Inn & Suites on Atrium Way. The 15-year-old runaway was arrested with a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol in his waistband. The Juvenile Crime Task Force went to the motel Thursday night after developing information that the 15-year-old runaway and other juveniles were likely in a room and possessed guns. Officers knocked on the door of the room. Inside was a 15-year-old (not the runaway) and four guns: A 9 millimeter Mac-11 weapon with an extended 30-round magazine, a 9 millimeter pistol with a 10-round magazine, a 9 millimeter pistol with a 9 round magazine, and an unloaded .25 caliber pistol. The 15-year-old was arrested on four counts of unlawful gun possession by a juvenile.
Believing that the DCS runaway they were originally looking for might show up at the motel, officers covertly watched the room and the parking lot. Before long, a gray Volkswagen Jetta pulled up near the room where the guns were found. A quick check of the Jetta’s license plate showed that it was stolen on June 8th from Riverchase Boulevard in Madison. The 15-year-old DCS runaway and two others, Dontario Graham, 18, and a 17-year-old got out. Officers quickly moved in and found a pistol in the runaway’s waistband. Graham tossed a 9 millimeter pistol with an extended magazine onto the ground before being taken into custody. The 17-year-old was unarmed.
As this was taking place, two other teens in the Jetta tried to get away but were foiled when officers spiked the car’s tires at the motel entrance. Those two tried to run but were quickly caught. They were identified as Kiyahn Hayes, 18, and a 17-year-old, who carried a loaded Glock 26 pistol in his front pocket. The 17-year-old also had the keys to a Hyundai Azera. Officers found that car in the motel parking lot. It had been stolen in Wilson County.
Inside the Volkswagen Jetta were a Glock pistol in the center console, several other sets of car keys, license plates, and two iPads. Officers were able to confirm that one of the iPads was stolen during a vehicle burglary. The teenagers face a variety of charges, including unlawful gun possession, auto theft, and evading arrest.
The 15-year-old DCS runaway apprehended Thursday night was arrested on a charge of armed robbery with a gun last September at the age of 14. He was accused of robbing a 10-year-old boy of his mother’s car keys in an apartment complex parking lot (the 10-year-old had gone to retrieve an item for his mom). The 15-year-old was also arrested in November 2018 for attempting to steal a car outside a Main Street office building. He was arrested in May of this year for joyriding at 3 a.m.
On June 3rd of this year, it was reported to the police department that the 15-year-old, who was in DCS custody on a 90-day pass, had run away from the fast food restaurant where he was working. He was arrested the following day after evading police in a vehicle.
On June 18th, while in state custody, the 15-year-old was taken to lunch at a Dickerson Pike fast food restaurant. It was reported that he emptied his tray into the restaurant garbage can and bolted out of the door. He was not seen again until officers encountered him at the motel last night. Today, the 15-year-old and the other juveniles arrested last night are in detention.