Metro police have arrested two suspects but are searching for a third
accused burglar after an attempted break-in triggered lockdowns at four
schools Wednesday morning.
No one could enter or leave Overton High School, Father Ryan High School, Franklin Road Academy or Robertson Road Academy while police combed the area for the three would-be robbers.
Two of them, both 17 years old, were later arrested, but the other suspect has so far managed to avoid police.
"It is a little scary. I mean, it almost made me not bring my child to camp this morning," said parent Michelle Pollard.
Police said a woman living on Overton Lea Road called 911 around 6:30 a.m. after seeing three people trying to get into her home. She hid in the closet while talking with dispatchers.
The woman told officers the suspects ran off, but she believed one of them was carrying some type of rifle, which prompted the school lockdowns.
The weapon turned out to only be an air rifle, but 911 calls continued to pour in as the suspects were spotted jumping fences in the area to get away.
Neighbors were on high alert, and one man even carried his own gun around the block.
"I ordinarily don't walk the dog armed," said neighbor John Buckberg.
About an hour after police began searching, one of the suspects was arrested.
"He is 17 years old, and he is in police custody and is being interviewed," said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron.
Later, another 17-year-old male was found during a search of a home on Edge Moor Drive in the Priest Lake area.
But the search continues for the other suspect. Police said the at-large suspect and the teen caught on Edge Moor Drive stopped at a stranger's home a few miles away from the initial break-in, where they asked the unsuspecting resident to borrow the phone.
"It does appear now that they did go to a resident, asked to use a phone and met a taxi cab somewhere and got out of here," Aaron said.
But with two assailants in jail, investigators are hoping they will help lead them to the other one.
Police said they also recovered an abandoned stolen car they believe the suspects used.
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Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:54:07 GMT
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