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Two schools locked down during manhunt
Restrictions lifted after suspect caught
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Forsyth County News


Two south Forsyth schools were briefly placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon while authorities searched for a man suspected of breaking into a vehicle.

Forsyth County Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo said Brookwood Elementary was locked down for 10 minutes and nearby Big Creek Elementary for 20 minutes.

She said the schools, which are less than two miles apart off Peachtree Parkway (Hwy. 141), followed standard operating procedures for when authorities are searching for a suspect in the area.

The restrictions were lifted once the suspect was caught, she said.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Tim House said the suspect, whose name has not been released, was arrested without incident. The man was not armed when authorities found him.

House said authorities were looking for the man and his vehicle near Creekside United Methodist Church, farther north on Peachtree, when he was spotted crossing the parkway.

His vehicle was later found at a nearby drugstore.

Caracciolo explained that during a lockdown, no one is allowed to leave or enter the building, students are placed into classrooms and the hallways are cleared.

"We monitor the situation outside the building and are in constant contact with our safety department and law enforcement," she said. "We try to continue teaching as much as possible."

Caracciolo said the schools practice drills for different alerts so students know what to do in an emergency.

She said the schools were placed under yellow alert Tuesday, which means that there is a potentially dangerous situation that is near or on campus