A South Miami-Dade elementary school was placed on lockdown Tuesday after robbery suspects being chased by police bailed out from their vehicle and ran into it. Parents had to wait for four hours to pick up their kids.
The lockdown of the Leisure City K-8 Center, 14950 SW 288th St., was ordered about 10.30 a.m. Miami-Dade police were chasing a stolen U-Haul, and when it stopped, the three suspects ran toward the school. Police arrested two of them, but the third got away.
Witnesses said the police presence was heavy. Officers went house-to-house in search of the fugitive.
No child was hurt. But several parents and children told Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4 that they were afraid.
Eleven-year-old Joshua Molina said he was terrified that the three suspects who barged into his school would burst into his classroom and harm him and his friends.
I was scared, thats all, the sixth-grader said. I didnt know what would happen. I thought they would come into my room. I was thinking, What would my parents do?
Seventh-grader Luis Harambourne said, They shut the lights out during the lockdown. We went by our computers. We went down like this.
His brother, sixth-grader Michael Harambourne, said, I was scared and nervous. I was worried that they would shoot somebody.
Of course I was scared, said Misty Delling, the mother of Luis and Michael Harambourne. Thats because you hear whats happening on the news, with all the school shootings, and I was just worried about the kids. I am glad they are safe.
Homestead police Detective Fernando Morales told CBS 4 the two arrested suspects did not have weapons. It was unclear whether the remaining fugitive had a gun.
The arrested men were identified as Carlton Williams, 24, and Jamal Brown, 22.
Police said they face charges including eluding police and burglary to the school.