A student at La Joya’s Juarez-Lincoln High School was the cause of a temporary lockdown in the school after he stole a vehicle, officials said.
The lockdown was initiated around 9 a.m. Wednesday when deputies with the Hidalgo County Sherriff’s Office responded to the theft of a black Jeep Cherokee that occurred at a nearby convenience store, according to a statement from the La Joya Independent School District.
The statement does not identify the suspect, but said he was a student who attempted to hide in the campus.
“The owner saw the teenage suspect walk into school and contacted the authorities. The suspect is a student at the campus but as an Hidalgo County Deputy Constable attempted to make contact with the teenager, he ran from officers and fled the building,” the statement said.
The lockdown was put in place by Hidalgo County constables who were also at the scene, a spokesperson with the Sherriff’s Office said.
The lockdown was lifted after an hour, La Joya ISD spokeswoman Lilliana Salgado said, adding that there were no threats to students and staff as the suspect never set foot inside any of the buildings on campus.
Police are still searching for the suspect.
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