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Officials: St. James school lockdown over, suspect in custody

Mills Pond Elementary School went on lockdown for 45 minutes while police searched for a wanted man. A suspect was taken into custody.

A Suffolk police officer on the grounds of

A Suffolk police officer on the grounds of Mills Pond Elementary School in St. James Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, during a search for a wanted man. Photo Credit: James Carbone

A search for a wanted man forced the lockdown of a St. James school Tuesday morning, and a suspect was taken into custody, police and school officials said.

Mills Pond Elementary School was locked down for 45 minutes during the search, starting at 8:10 a.m., before Anthony Hightower, 25, of St. James, was arrested, Suffolk police said.

Hightower had a warrant in connection with a domestic incident in December, and when police came, he ran from a home on Woodlawn Avenue, officials said. The school is at the intersection of Moriches Road and Woodlawn Avenue.

Hightower was caught nearby on Richie Court, police said.

In an alert to parents on the school’s website, officials said, “The police have cleared the security concern, and the building is no longer on lockdown. School will run according to its normal schedule today.”

The alert said some buses had to be diverted to Nesaquake Middle School, and those students would be transported to Mills Pond, where classes start at 9:05 a.m.

Police said there was never a threat to the school and that there were no injuries.

Hightower was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree menacing in connection with the prior incidents, police said, but other charges were pending.

Other details were not immediately available.

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