POSTED: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 11:46am
UPDATED: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 4:48pm
SPRINGFIELD, LA (NBC33) — Schools in Springfield are on lockdown this morning due to the manhunt of a robbery suspect.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the lockdowns at Springfield Elementary and High School were issued at roughly 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. However, we’re told parents started getting automated calls from the school board informing them about the lockdown shortly after 10:00 a.m.
Parents are being allowed to pick up their children from Springfield Elementary. Students at Springfield High School are on lockdown, but are allowed to move freely within the school.
The suspect is believed to have been involved in a robbery and possible car jacking. Officials say the robbery incident occurred in the late evening on Sunday, Feb. 17. We’re told the suspect fled the scene and was last seen in the wooded area. Then, the suspect reportedly knocked on the door of a home near the elementary and high school and asked for a ride.
Officials say they do not believe the suspect made to be on school grounds. They issued the lockdown this morning as a precaution while they conduct the search.
Deputies are looking for a black male in his 20’s, roughly 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with a bright gold fleur-de-lis.
The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. They have not released any other details relative to his identity or the crime he allegedly committed.
If you know anything about this incident call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.
NBC33’s Kris Cusanza  will have the full story on NBC33 News at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m.