'Panhandler' causes lockout at South Colonie Central School District

Three schools in the South Colonie Central School District went into a 30-minute lockout this morning (Wednesday, Sept. 17) after threats from what School Resources Officer Jeff Clark described as a \panhandler were made to teachers in the Roessleville parking lot.

The schools, Roessleville Elementary School, Sand Creek Middle School and Colonie Central High School, went into lockout as Colonie police searched for the suspect. He was later apprehended at the intersection of Central Avenue and Fuller Road at about 8:50 a.m., according to district officials.

According to Colonie Police Lt. Detective John VanAlstyne, the subject was located by police and determined not to be a threat. He was not arrested and simply advised to avoid cutting through school parking lots during the day. Since he was not arrested, his name was not released.

A lockout means no one is allowed to enter or leave the building until notified by the police, while inside the buildings, activities go on as usual.

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