A surveillance photo from Hope High School of the man wanted for questioning. (Photo: Hope Police Dept.
HOPE, Ark. (KTHV) - More information is released on what led to all schools in Hope being locked down for a period of time Tuesday morning.
Hope School District Superintendent Bobby Hart told THV 11 News that around 10:30, several students encountered a man, who was not a student, trying to get into a building on the Hope High School campus. The students say the man had a pistol in his waistband.
A release from the Hope Police Dept. said that students alerted a teacher about the suspect, who had reportedly tried entering a door of the Tech Building. The teacher made contact with the suspect, who then left the area, according to police. As a result of this situation, all Hope schools were placed on lockdown for about 40 minutes.
When officers arrived on scene, they searched the building and did not find the man. They later received information that the man may have been at the Canyon Creek Apartments on W. 23rd Street in Hope. Law enforcement agents searched that area but did not find the man suspected of trying to enter the school.
Officers were later informed that the suspect may have inquired about the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, which was notified and then put on lockdown. Police say all buildings on that campus were searched, but no suspect was found.
The person at the center of these lockdowns has not been located. Police ask anyone with information on this case to contact them at 870-777-3434. They stress that the person involved is only wanted for questioning at this time.
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