Four Edmonds-area schools were locked down for about an hour Wednesday while police searched for a residential burglary suspect in the Maplewood neighborhood.
According to Edmonds Police Department spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh, Edmonds police were dispatched at 1:20 p.m. to a suspicious vehicle at Pine Ridge Park located at 203rd Street Southwest and 83rd Avenue West. Two adult males were seen walking away from the vehicle, and moments later, police officers determined that car was stolen out of south Everett.
Additional police from Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace and a Marysville Police Department K9 unit responded to the area to assist in a search for the men. One suspect was taken into custody near the park, and officers continued their search for the second suspect, Marsh said.
Information gathered at the scene led officers to believe that the suspects were involved in residential burglaries in the area and one suspect might be armed with a pistol. According to Edmonds School District spokeswoman D.J. Jakala, four nearby schools — College Place Elementary and Middle, Edmonds-Woodway High and Maplewood School –were locked down as a safety precaution just before 2 p.m. The second suspect was located at about 2:50 p.m. in the same general area and taken into custody, after which the school lockdowns were lifted and the students released.
An initial investigation revealed that the suspects had committed several residential burglaries in the Pine Ridge Park area before being apprehended, Marsh said.