Columbus Academy Lockdown Lifted After Search For Robbery Suspect

UPDATED: Thursday January 17, 2013 9:28 AM

Columbus Academy in Gahanna was placed under a brief lockdown Thursday morning because of a report of a suspicious person in the area.

A spokesman for the school said that police told officials that they were searching for a person accused in a robbery nearby.

The lockdown was lifted shortly before 9:30 a.m.

Police said that they were searching an area off of Morse Road and Sheffield Drive. A woman reported being robbed by a masked man with a gun at about 8:30 a.m.

The robber got away with the woman's purse and took off into a wooded area, police said.

Students were allowed to go about their normal activities inside of the school’s buildings, but no one was allowed to go outside during the lockdown.

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