Winthrop Harbor Police Department


November 1, 2012: School Lockdown on Oct. 31st

On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm the Police Department dispatch center received a 911 call where the caller advised he had observed a male subject with a white hooded seatshirt walk into the wooded area near 7th St. and North Avenue. According to the caller, the subject appeared to have a firearm on his belt and another subject was with him, carrying a rake.

Officers were immediatley dispatched and North Prairie Jr. Hight school officials were notified with a request to place the school on lock down. Within three minutes officers were on scene and on foot walking into the area where the subjects were last seen. By 2:06 pm the two subjects were located in the woods and immediatley taken into custody without incident.

Officers' investigation concluded that the subjects were two high-school aged juveniles, one with an air-soft (pellet) pistol in his posession. The juveniles' parents were contacted and both were subsequently released to their parents on scene.

At 2:10 pm school officials were notified that the situation was secure and the lock down could be released. Officers later (at 2:28 pm) went to the school to explain to officials what the results of the investigation were.

Note: Any person charged with an offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law. Persons named herein are merely alleged to have committed the offense(s) they are accused of.

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