Four schools placed on lockdown while police search for gang member

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Four West Valley schools were placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon while authorities searched for a documented gang member on the run from the law.

Goodyear police said the Arizona State Gang Task Force was pursuing the man when he jumped a wall on Dysart Road into the City of Goodyear.

As a precaution, Palm Valley Elementary, St. Thomas Aquinas, Le Petite Academy and Tutor Time were placed on lockdown.

Goodyear police and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office searched for the suspect, but he was nowhere to be found.

The lockdown was lifted just before 2:30 p.m., but officers remain on scene looking for the suspect.

Police described the suspect as a black male in his late teens. He is clean shaven, and was wearing a white shirt and a black hat. He also has a piercing over his left eyebrow.