Man Who Prompted Lockdowns Of 8 Olentangy Schools Turns Self In


UPDATED: Wednesday January 23, 2013 9:40 PM

Eight schools were locked down in the Powell area due to the search for a man wanted on multiple warrants.

Delaware County Sheriff's officials said that the man who prompted the lockdowns, 41-year-old Andrew Ankrim, turned himself in shortly after 6 p.m.

Sheriff's officials said that Ankrim was wanted on four warrants connected to not paying child support, driving under the influence and disorderly conduct.

According the sheriff's office, deputies stopped Ankrim because he was walking near schools without an ID. Deputies drove him to his home in the 8000 block of Liberty Road, where he fled on foot.

Officials said the western half of the Olentangy Local School District was locked down Wednesday morning around 10 a.m.

The schools that were locked down were the following: Olentangy Liberty High School, Liberty Middle, Hyatts Middle, Wyandot Run Elementary, Liberty Tree Elementary, Indian Springs Elementary, Scioto Ridge Elementary, and Tyler Run Elementary.

A Level 1 lockdown means all doors to the buildings are locked but students and staff can go about their normal activities.

Officials said that extra security was placed at the buildings as a precaution.

“We’ve got large populations of children in a concentrated area, so when an incident like this happens, we think it’s wise to notify the school and let them know we’re in the area and this is what we’re doing,” Delaware County Sheriff Russ Martin said.

Martin said that he did not believe Ankrim was dangerous nor had the potential to hurt children.

He said that he took the precautions to ease the fears of parents.

“It’s very scary, but the school did a great job keeping the kids safe, and I appreciate all their efforts to keep them safe,” said parent Kim Dailey.

Liberty Middle School student Elizabeth Lilly said that she was sitting in science class when she heard the announcement about the lockdown.

“(It said) we had to go on a Level 1 lockdown and just lock the doors but we could just stay in the class as normal,” Lilly said. “It was just kind of weird, because we thought it was a drill, but my teacher said this wasn’t a drill and we have to be serious about it."

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