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2 arrested after Lancaster manhunt, school lockdown

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com
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LANCASTER COUNTY Two men who deputies say broke into a Lancaster home and stole at least two televisions fled from deputies, rammed into two patrol cars and led law enforcement on a hours-long pursuit in the county until they were both arrested on Thursday.

The pursuit across the county resulted in a two-hour lockdown at Carolina Christian Academy, a private Christian school in the Elgin community, where students and parents converged to celebrate field day.

Close to 9 a.m., deputies were called to a Sedgefield Drive home after receiving calls about a burglary in progress, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office news release. When police arrived in the neighborhood, they saw the suspects, Terence Lamont Grier, 23, and Quindricus Mondra Tinsley, 22, flee in a golden Honda.

Deputies stopped the car, but Grier drove the car into deputies’ patrol cars and through a roadblock, the release states.

The two deputies who were in their cars were uninjured, though their cars were damaged, said Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

The car was found abandoned and crashed into a fence on Mcilwain Road. Deputies found the two TV’s inside the car, said Shaw, adding that it’s possible other items were stolen but officials don’t yet have a complete inventory.

Additional deputies, investigators, a K-9 unit and helicopter from the State Law Enforcement Division combed the area to track the suspects, the release states. Authorities found Grier about 400 yards away from where the car had crashed, Shaw said.

Tinsley managed to flee until witnesses spotted him at least a quarter-mile away from Carolinas Christian Academy at a gas station, he said. The Sedgefield Drive home where the burglary took place is less than 10 minutes away from the school if traveling by car.

Tinsley was charged with second-degree burglary, while Grier faces charges for first-degree burglary, two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and malicious injury to personal property.

Grier’s charge was elevated to first-degree burglary because of a prior burglary convictions, deputies say.

During the pursuit, deputies called Carolina Christian Academy school officials and notified them of the situation, Shaw said. School officials then made the decision to put the school on lockdown.

“It was a field day for us...everyone was outside with inflatables and dunking booths,” said Huey Mills, school administrator. “Within 90 seconds, we had the playground cleared and everyone inside, doors closed and locked.”

The school adheres to a “hard” level lockdown which mandates that students stay inside their classrooms with the doors locked and window blinds closed, Mills said.

On Thursday, 20 parents were at the school volunteering for field day. When the lockdown was issued, they were ushered into a windowless church sanctuary at the school, he said.

This is the school’s third lockdown in 17 years, he said.

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