Griffin Middle School placed on lockdown due to manhunt

Posted at 12:00 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 08:10:56-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A search for a robbery suspect caused a local middle school to go on lockdown Wednesday morning.

Police officers confirm that Griffin Middle School was briefly placed on a lockdown Wednesday morning due to a search for a robbery suspect.

TPD says they were searching for a robbery suspect in connection to an 11:30 a.m. robbery at Aqua Palms apartment, just north of the school.

Due to the police presence in the area, the school was placed on lockdown at 11:40 a.m. A Listserv email was sent to parents soon after the lockdown was lifted:

Dear Griffin Community,

At approximately 11:40 a.m. our school was placed on a full lock down due to a situation in a neighboring building.  The teachers and staff responded swiftly and all students were accounted for.  At this time, our students, teachers and staff are safe and we will resume our normal school day.  The Leon County Schools Safety and Security department was notified immediately and our SRD was in communication with the Sheriff’s Department.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school with any questions or concerns.

We wanted to take the time to update you and let you know that we are all safe and sound.

Thank you,

Zelena O’Banner


Police say the unarmed suspect has not been apprehended at this time. 

This is a developing story. Stay with us for details.