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December 12, 2017

12/4/2017 1:42:00 PM
Police chase through school causes lockdown
A traffic stop led to a foot pursuit through Robinson High School Thursday afternoon.

Derek Allen Watson, 26, West Salem, was arrested following a vehicle stop and foot chase through the high school.

At around 3:50 p.m. Robinson police attempted to pull over a vehicle on Highland east of RHS. The vehicle turned into the junior parking lot on the east side of the football field. The suspect, Watson, then fled the vehicle west, entered the high school and was pursed through the building by police. He was apprehended after he exited the building.

RHS principal Victoria McDonald said once she was notified of the situation the school was immediately placed on lockdown and 911 was called. The 911 dispatcher informed McDonald the suspect was in custody and the lockdown was lifted.

McDonald did call everyone in the building to the high school gym for a debriefing of the known information.

"There was a situation that occurred at RHS after school today," McDonald said in a statement. "The RHS faculty, coaches and students acted quickly and appropriately. We wanted to share with you the information gathered from RHS administration and the Robinson Police Department."

McDonald reported the subject was not found to be armed, nor did he threaten anyone in the building.

Watson has been charged with unlawful possession of a ammunition by a felon, resisting a police officer and criminal trespass to state supported property. He was also issued a city citation for unlawful possession of cannabis and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

He remains in the Crawford County Jail awaiting bond to be set by a judge.

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