UPDATE: School lockdown lifted, search suspended in Lindale
POSTED: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 10:20am
UPDATED: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 5:02pm
Lindale, TX (KETK) —
Authorities in Lindale have suspended the search for a robber in the area of South Street. Detectives with the Lindale Police Departement are going to follow up on the case.
Officials tell KETK that the victim is a local business owner on his way to make a bank drop. Authorities believe that the robber knew that the victim would have cash, and jumped into the victim's truck while it was stopped on South Street, near Farm to Market Road 849.
Authorities say the robber struggled with the victim briefly and displayed a gun. The robber lost both of his shoes in the process. He then ran away with an undisclosed amount of money.
Fortunately, the victim was unharmed in the struggle.
Officials had been searching in the area for the robber, who is described as a young, black man wearing a light-colored, quilted jacket. A K9 was brought in to assist with the search, and they did will begin going door-to-door in the neighborhood shortly.
Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt tells KETK that all of their schools were temporarily placed on a "soft lockdown" as a safety precaution. There was no incident on campus.
During a "soft lockdown", classes continue as normal inside the buildings. However, the doors are locked and nobody is allowed into or out of the school.
Many residents were alerted about the lockdown by the school.
"Parents were not allowed to pick up their students during this time," Surratt tells KETK. "Nobody was allowed inside."
The lockdown was lifted around 2:00 pm, and school administration says that student release will proceed as normal.
KETK will continue to update this story as new details are released.