Magnet Alexander II, Elam Academy schools locked out

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A manhunt that shut down two elementary schools in Macon for around two hours was suspended Thursday afternoon without the man being found.

The manhunt began early Thursday and caused the closure of two local elementary schools as MPs searched for a suspect who was trying to escape police.

Authorities suspended the search for Telvin Smith, 27, at around 3 p.m. Additional arrest warrants will be issued against his arrest, LT said. Sean DeFoe, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Stephanie Hartley, communications director for the Bibb County School Board, said the lockdown lasted about two hours before the sheriff’s office gave them the green light.

She said the precautionary lockdown allowed students and teachers to continue their day inside the building as usual, but prevented everyone from getting out in case the suspect was crossing the neighborhood at that time.

Hartley also said school officials released this information to parents to keep them informed of the situation.

DeFoe said Smith was arrested for a probation violation and escaped while being transported to jail.

Sheriff David Davis said Smith went through his handcuffs to bring them in front of his body and managed to escape from the vehicle.

In the past, Smith has been charged with domestic violence, drug related charges, firearms felony charges, and has been incarcerated eight times in Bibb County Jail for various charges, according to Davis.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, Smith was wearing a gray “tank top” shirt and black “mesh” shorts when he escaped. He is around 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds.

Telegraph Editors Laura Corley and Joe Kovac Jr. contributed to this report

This story was originally published May 9, 2019 10:20 a.m.


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