ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A search for an armed robbery suspect with an active warrant Tuesday morning led to a lockout at three schools, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said they were conducting surveillance on the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Jakel Keshawn Dumas, in the area of Conroy Winderemere Road and South Apopka Vineland Road when he evaded authorities and fled on foot, a news release said.
"He ran into some woods, where a perimeter was establish and he was later apprehended," Deputy Christian Marrero said.
Olympia High School, Chain of Lakes Middle School and Windy Ridge Elementary School were placed on lockouts at 11 a.m. as a precaution while deputies searched for Dumas. The lockouts were lifted by 1:30 p.m.
Guy Swenson, the principal at Olympia High School, sent a call to parents Tuesday to clarify that the school was placed on a lockout, not a lockdown.
"There was some confusion in the announcement about whether to go on a lockdown or a lockout," Swenson said. "I want to confirm we were on a lockout and there was never any danger on our campus.”
During a lockout, students are told to go inside their classrooms and teachers instruct as usual while maintaining an increased situational awareness and keeping perimeter doors locked.
Swenson said all students and staff are safe, and that the lockout was in place due to police activity in the area that was unrelated to the school.
Deputies posted video of Dumas Tuesday afternoon after he was arrested.
ARRESTED: On a warrant for armed robbery, Jakel Keshawn Dumas, 19, apprehended near Conroy/Windermere Rd and S Apopka Vineland Rd. earlier today. Nearby schools were placed briefly on lockout status. pic.twitter.com/4Zjz2rtcQU — Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) March 26, 2019
No further information was immediately available.
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