Two Schools On Lockdown In Springfield – Manhunt Underway
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The Robertson County Sheriff’s office with help from a THP air unit are currently searching for a suspect who is alleged to have violated his bond conditions.
UPDATE: 11:30AM Thursday Aug 15: According to Robertson County Schools PIO Jim Bellis, Krisle Elementary and Springfield High School are no longer on “soft lock-down”.
UPDATE: Thursday Aug 15: According to Robertson County Schools PIO Jim Bellis, Krisle Elementary and Springfield High School again opened up on a “soft lock-down” this morning.
A soft lock-down allows regular classroom activity to continue in school while keeping all exterior doors locked with no unauthorized entrance or exit allowed
We are waiting on officials with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office to release a statement this morning but we believe the lock-downs will be lifted today.
Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt (L) talks with deputies involved in the search.
UPDATE 3:52PM: “We are concluding the search for now. We will continue to keep the area saturated with patrols. If anyone sees anything suspicious or has any information on Sandy Duke, please call Central Dispatch at (615) 384-4911,” Robertson County Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATE 1:45PM: Officials tell Smokey Barn News that if the suspect is not in custody by the time school lets out, sheriff’s deputies will be posted at both schools as a simple precaution. The departure of schools is not anticipated to be affected in any way, Martin said.
The manhunt was triggered when Mr. Josh England of Freebird Bonding Bail Bonds Service received a tip from a passerby as to the location of the suspect, Sandy Duke, 43, of Adams, who was on foot. Mr. England told Smokey Barn News that he was able to make eyes on the suspect and that’s when he called the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.
Duke has been on the run from law enforcement for the past 18-24 hours, according to officials. He was last seen wearing a white tank top t-shirt and khaki shorts.
“Our search is concentrated around Highway 49 and Wilks Road,” said Ryan Martin, PIO with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office. MAP
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is assisting in the search by helicopter, Martin said..
The Sheriff’s office has asked that Krisle Elementary and Springfield High School be placed on a soft lock as a precaution.
According to the Robertson County’s jail website, the suspect is facing charges of Aggravated Burglary, Forgery, Theft Of Property, Worthless Checks, Harassment. He was released Monday morning Sept.13, 2016.
“While we do NOT believe that citizens or students are in any immediate danger, the Sheriff’s office is asking that if you see this person or any suspicious activity, do not approach and call Central Dispatch at 615-384-4911,” Martin said.
Press Release From Robertson County Schools
September 14, 2016 – This morning on advice of the RCSO, SHS and KES were placed on soft lock-down status as a precaution while the sheriff’s office searched for a fugitive believed to be in the area on foot.
The person being sought is believed to be unarmed and no immediate threat is perceived.
A soft lock-down allows regular classroom activity to continue in school while keeping all exterior doors locked with no unauthorized entrance or exit allowed.
This search is ongoing and the lock-down status will continue until clearance is given by the sheriff’s office. Parents will receive a second all-call informing you of the lock-down release when it occurs.
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