Gilbert schools locked down after home invasion; 1 suspect at large

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 5:00 PM

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GILBERT, Ariz. -- Several Gilbert schools were locked down for a short time Friday morning after two suspects broke into a nearby home. One of those suspects is still on the loose.

Two men kicked in the back door of a home near Warner and Greenfield roads at about 9 a.m., according to the Gilbert Police Department.

The suspects found a young couple inside. Balafas said one suspect pointed a handgun at them.

The suspects took a few items then fled from the home and the victims called 911.

Responding police officers stopped a vehicle that was speeding away from the scene. The two suspects were passengers in the car and they immediately fled on foot, according to Sgt. Bill Balafas.

The female driver was detained and one of the suspects was caught nearby. The other suspect remains at large.

The suspect on the loose is described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 23 years old, medium height, with a thin build and short black hair. He was wearing a black shirt with red lettering.

Finley Farms Elementary School, Greenfield Junior High, Greenfield Elementary, Gilbert Classical Academy and Technology Services were placed in a modified lockdown for about an hour until the scene was contained by police.

Two officers remain at Finley Farms Elementary School for security until the outstanding suspect is located.

Anyone with information on the outstanding suspect is asked to call the Gilbert Police Department.

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