Lancaster school lockdown lifted, suspect who fled from police caught

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comFebruary 7, 2014 

The lockdown at a Lancaster school has been lifted after a suspect ran away from officers trying to arrest him.

Police found Javarus Hayden moments after he ran from officers who planned to serve him a bench warrant on several city court charges, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.

Hayden ran in the wooded area behind Southside Early Childhood Education Center on Hampton Road. The school was placed on lockdown, said Bryan Vaughn, the district's transportation director.

Officials lifted the lockdown at about 10:30 a.m.

Students who were scheduled to get on a school bus to leave the school in the morning were able to do so because they were supervised by law enforcement, Vaughn said.

Police spotted Hayden in a car and tried to pull him over to arrest him on a bench warrant, but he jumped out of the car and ran, Grant said. He was also wanted by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities caught up with Hayden in a field behind the school, Grant said. He was unarmed when police found him. He is currently in police custody. It's unclear what charges he will face in connection with fleeing from police.

Schools are placed on lockdown any time police are searching for a suspect or alleged criminal in proximity to where schools are located, Grant said. Though Hayden had not specifically threatened the school, officials did not want to chase the susepct "while the kids are going out for recess."

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