Three adults arrested for incident involving escaped juveniles

Published 6:58 pm Friday, August 4, 2023

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Three adults have been charged as the result of an incident that involved the two juveniles escaping from a youth rehabilitation center in Cataula.

Wednesday morning about 8:15 a.m. deputies responded to the 200 block of Chase Road in regard to reports of a fight between several individuals.

Troup County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Stewart Smith said investigators determined that the two escaped juveniles had been with another friend at a residence on Chase Road.

Smith said when the mother of the third juvenile discovered that the two juveniles were at the residence, she sent her adult daughter, Mackenzie Allen, to remove the teenagers from her house because she was in Newnan at work.

According to sheriff’s deputies, Allen went to the residence and physically pushed all three of the teenagers out of the home while talking to her friend Brittney Hall on the phone. 

Hall and her friend, Jonathan Nelson, then came to the residence request at Allen’s request because she alleged one of the juveniles struck her in the face with his fist.

All the juveniles had vacated the residence and were walking away from the incident when Nelson got out of a car and pointed a handgun at one of the juveniles and fired shots in his direction and near the other two juveniles.

As a result of the investigation, Nelson was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless conduct, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime).

Hall was charged with party of a crime due to her facilitating the vehicle and giving Nelson a firearm, along with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless conduct and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

Allen was charged with three counts of simple battery for the physical altercation that occurred.

Smith said the juveniles were not charged locally. Both escaped juveniles were returned to the Carpenter’s Way Ranch in Cataula, Georgia, which is a maximum oversight rehabilitation facility for boys from eight to 18 years old.