Lockdowns lifted for two Perquimans County schools

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PERQUIMANS COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Perquimans County High School and Hertford Grammar School were on a modified lockdown Tuesday as police investigated an armed robbery attempt.

Superintendent Matthew Cheesman says the schools were on lockdown due to an armed robbery suspect who was in the area. He says police were working to detain this suspect.

Students are not being allowed outside for recess or in the automotive shop as a precaution. The lockdown started at 11 a.m., but Cheesman says the schools are running on a normal schedule.

The lockdown was lifted before 1 p.m.

Hertford police say a man in early 20s tried to rob the Nationwide, Bembridge Insurance Agency at gunpoint around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. This suspect left the area on foot when the clerks couldn’t produce any money.

Police say the suspect concealed his face with a yellow bandanna.

Call the Hertford Police Department at 252-426-5587 if you know anything about this robbery.

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