Search for burglar prompts Poquoson lockdown

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POQUOSON, Va. (WAVY) — Poquoson students were told to shelter in place Thursday afternoon as police canvassed the area for a burglary suspect, who has still not been found.

Around 1:22 p.m., emergency communications received a 911 call from a man who lives in the 800 block of Poquoson Avenue, according to Poquoson Police Chief Cliff Bowen. The resident told dispatchers he came home to find a man inside his garage.

When the suspect was discovered, he ran from the garage, knocking the victim over. Bowen said the victim was not hurt and the suspect did not appear to have a weapon, nor did he imply he had one.

Officers responded to the scene within three minutes, set up a perimeter and conducted a K-9 search for the suspect, Bowen said. The neighborhood was canvassed and residents were notified about what was going on.

The nearby Poquoson primary and high schools were notified by police to shelter in place until cleared by police. Jennifer Parish with Poquoson City Public Schools said that happened around 1:20 p.m. and students were dismissed around 2:30 p.m. Consequently, bus schedules were delayed about 40 to 45 minutes.

Bowen said units cleared the area about an hour later, around 2:30 p.m.

At this time, the suspect has not been located.

He is described as a white man wearing a white t-shirt with a sailfish on the back of it, blue jeans, short dirty-blonde hair and a goatee. He has tattoos on both arms and the back of his neck.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Poquoson Police at 757-868-3501.

Bowen said this incident is not related to the manhunt for an armed suspect in Hampton on Thursday.


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