A suspicious man was arrested near the Edgewood school complex Wednesday, causing Edgewood Middle and High schools to be briefly locked down.
According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, a suspicious person was reported on the grounds of Deerfield Elementary School shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday. School staff told police that they had seen the man removing his clothes, running through the parking lot, and approaching students and staff entering the school.
Deputies arriving on scene reported a man in the school’s parking lot wearing only boxer shorts, identifying him as Jason C. Burrell, 34, of the 2200 block of Pine Street in Edgewood. Police said Burrell was unable to answer simple questions, and was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for evaluation.
According to an e-mail statement and phone call sent to parents of students of Edgewood High School and Edgewood Middle School both schools were quickly locked down until Burrell was taken into custody.
The incident came two days after a Perry Hall High School student shot a special needs student on the first day of school. Robert Gladden, 15, has been charged as an adult with attempted murder in the shooting.
From Harford County Public Schools:
On behalf of Principals Santos and Brown, I am writing to update you on a situation that occurred on the campus between Edgewood High School and Edgewood Middle School today. This morning, a suspicious male was identified on school property. The administration was made aware and both schools were immediately placed on lockdown as a precaution. The School Resource Police Officer was notified and the suspect was swiftly apprehended and placed into custody. The schools remained on lockdown until the suspect was placed into police custody, at which time normal schedules resumed. The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and we will continue to keep you informed of issues affecting our schools. Thank you for your time and attention.