Man Arrested after Threat that Caused School Lockdowns
Lynchburg, VA - Everything is back to normal after a scare that had several Lynchburg Schools on lockdown Tuesday.
Linkhorne Elementary and Middle school, Sandusky Elementary and Middle, as well as New Covenant and Holy Cross were on lockdown.
Police were looking for Leon Nathaniel Patrick for the majority of the day. He was finally taken into custody late Tuesday afternoon after police say he made a threat to harm others and himself.
The principal at Holy Cross here says their school went on lockdown around 2:00 p.m., parents were notified through the school's alert system, and by the regular dismissal time, students were allowed to leave.
Lynchburg Police arrested Patrick at a trailer park on McConville Road. Police say he did not resist arrest.
Police recommended schools go on lockdown after Patrick made the threats over a telephone around noon today.
They say they did not find a gun during the arrest. Police say Patrick mentioned a bus stop, so as a precaution, police alerted area schools.
"There was some mention of a bus stop that he was going to go to. As a result of that we didn't know whether that meant a school bus stop or a mass transit bus stop or what, so we wanted to take all of that into consideration," Major Wayne Duff with LPD said.
"Generally the parents were very calmed. They thanked me all afternoon for making sure that the kids were safe and they felt confident that they knew they were in a safe place," Holy Cross Principal Patti Culbreth said.
Patrick is charged with threats by telephone, but the investigation continues.
Update: 4:45 p.m.
Lynchburg police arrested Leon Patrick "without incident." Police say they found him in a trailer off of McConville Road around 4:15 p.m. According to the release, "Mr. Patrick was taken into custody under an Emergency Custody Order and there are also two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for his arrest (Profane, Threatening Language by Phone)."
Update: 2:40 p.m.
Lynchburg Police have released more information on the man they are searching for. Leon Nathaniel Patrick is 32-years-old, 5'6", and about 260 pounds. Police say he has given them reason to believe he has a gun. If you see him, call police immediately.
Lynchburg City Schools Public Information Officer Leigh Farmer says all lockdowns to city schools have been lifted. Private schools Holy Cross and New Covenant also lifted their lockdowns.
The Lynchburg Police Department is currently attempting to locate Leon Nathaniel Patrick (black male, 32 y.o.a., 5'6", approximately 260 lbs.). Mr. Patrick has made threats to harm others and/or himself and has indicated that he is in possession of a firearm. There is some information available that indicates he may be in the general area of Lakeside Drive (Route 501/Lakeside Dr. (west), 1500 block of Lakeside Drive (east), Forest Brook Road/Belle Terre Drive (north), and the Rhonda Road area (south); however this general location has not been confirmed. Initial information afforded the Lynchburg Police Department included a vehicle description. This vehicle has been located. Anyone with information regarding Mr. Patrick's whereabouts is requested to contact the Lynchburg Police Department immediately (911). Mr. Patrick is to be considered armed and dangerous.
Update: 2:05 p.m.
The search for a man who police say made threats this morning has expanded. As of 2:00 p.m., according to the Schools Resource Officer, the following schools have been alerted: Holy Cross, Linkhorne Middle and Elementary, Sandusky Middle and Elementary, New Covenant, and E.C. Glass. The decision to go on lockdown is made on a school-by-school basis.
Update: 1:45 p.m.
Lynchburg Police have placed Linkhorne Middle and Linkhorne Elementary on lockdown as they continue to search for the Community Services client they say made some threats to harm himself and/or others this morning.
Update: 12:25 p.m.
Lynchburg, VA - Authorities say the lockdown at New Covenant Schools has been lifted. They have not yet found the person they were looking for. Stay with WSET.com for updates.
11:55 a.m. Tuesday:
Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg dispatchers have confirmed New Covenant Schools private school are on lockdown.
Police say a client of Community Services made some threats this morning.
They believe he may be in the area of Fleetwood Drive, so they locked down New Covenant as a precaution.
We have a crew on the scene, and we'll keep you updated as the story progresses.