Three Edgewood area schools were locked down for approximately one hour Wednesday afternoon while authorities searched for a subject they said was interrupted while attempting to break into a local home.
Deerfield Elementary, Edgewood Middle School, and Edgewood High School were placed in lockdown shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Edward Hopkins, and students who were outside for physical education classes were instructed to go inside. The lockdowns were lifted just after 2:30 p.m.
According to police, at approximately 1:30 p.m. a 36-year-old resident of the 200 block of Oak Street was in the process of walking out of the rear of his residence when he confronted a black male described as being in his 20s, 5-feet, 8-inches tall and of thin build wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, who was starting to open the home’s rear door in an apparent attempted burglary. The suspect kicked the homeowner in the knee and fled on foot.
The suspect was later reported running on foot to a wooded area near a set of railroad tracks in the area. Sheriff’s Office deputies including K-9 units and Maryland State Police aviation engaged in a search of the area but were unable to locate the suspect, Hopkins said.
The homeowner was treated at the scene by medical personnel and later transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for a knee injury.