HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Several schools in Hood River were put into a “lock-in” mode on Thursday morning as police searched for an armed bank robbery suspect nearby.
Superintendent Dan Goldman said school officials were asked at 10:30 a.m. to put the high school, both middle schools and two elementary schools in lock-in as police searched the for the suspect.
The lock-in was lifted several hours later, but police said they are still looking for the suspect.
During a lock-in, school officials lock the perimeter doors and do not let anybody in or out. Besides that, classes continued as normal.
“We really feel like our kids are safe but we always err on the side of caution,” Goldman said during the lock-in.
Police said a man robbed the U.S. Bank branch on 12th Street just after 10 a.m. The man showed tellers a gun, then left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Officers searched the area but came up empty, a police spokesman said.
Police said the suspect is a white man in his late 30s, about 5'11" and has a slender build. He was wearing a dark hat, a blue shirt and tan pants.
In addition to the school, safety precautions were also taken at nearby businesses and a hospital.
The district posted this notice on its website at 11 a.m.:
“All schools are currently on lock down with the exception of Cascade Locks Elementary, Mid Valley Elementary, Wy'east Middle School, Parkdale Elementary, and Pine Grove. Please do not go to your student’s school. We are working with the Hood River Police Department and you will be notified when the doors will be reopened. Our number one priority is student safety."
Anyone with information about the suspect can call the Hood River County Sheriff's Office tip line at (541) 387-7077.