Crime & Courts

Four schools placed on lockdown as police pursue suspects

Four schools in University City were placed on lockdown after car theft suspects stopped their vehicle and ran from police.

The schools impacted were: Vance High, Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, James Martin Middle and John Morehead STEM Academy.

The schools went on lockdown around 2 p.m. and resumed regular activities around 3:30 p.m., according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokesman.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Officer Keith Trietley, officers got behind a vehicle they suspected was stolen. Shortly afterward, the people inside jumped out and ran away.

Trietley said officers had some of the suspects in custody on Monday afternoon, but it was unclear how many were still on the loose.

Police did not immediately release the names of the suspects or their charges.

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