Crash following home burglary temporarily locks down high school - KCTV5

Crash following home burglary temporarily locks down NKC high school

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

It was a scary afternoon at North Kansas City High School when a police chase ended in a crash just a few blocks away, forcing the school to go on lockdown.

The crash happened near Armour Road and Interstate 35, and witnesses watched as they say police went after three suspects, one of whom headed across I-35 towards the nearby high school.

"We were like, ‘Oh my God, what is happening, what is going on,'" said Lanie Lara.

Lara was at work at Denny's near Armour Road and I-35 when she heard the crash which quickly turned to chaos as she said three men bailed out of a dark green van and tried to run off. Police were already chasing the van after it's believed the men inside burglarized a home not far away near North Prather and Northeast Parvin roads at about noon.

"Police officer came out and had his gun drawn and said, ‘Where'd he go?' and I said, ‘He went that way,' and then went inside like he's got his gun drawn, I'm going back inside," Lara said.

She said police quickly caught two of the suspects, but the third was moving quickly toward the high school so administrators there put it on lockdown.

"It's was really scary to me," said student Stephanie Hernandez.

As students were ordered to go to the back of their classrooms and be quiet, none of them knew what was happening. Destynie Wright just arrived at school when the lockdown was announced.

"I just ran in the classroom and they were saying it was a car chase or something. That's what they told us," Wright said.

The lockdown lasted less than 30 minutes, and police said they caught up to the third suspect and took him into custody shortly after 1 p.m.

Police said the only injuries are minor and charges are pending.

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