UPDATE: Mom finds out about lockdown on Facebook

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - An early morning armed robbery at International Imports on North Avenue put two schools and a day care center on lockdown. The lockdown was liften almost an hour and a half after the incident.

Mother Katie Noorlander says she found out about her daughters elementary school lockdown the modern way-- on Facebook.

"I was really freaked out because that's my daughter and I would do anything for her,” says Noorlander.

Just two blocks away, an armed gunman held up a business at gun point.

"A man walked in, had a handgun, demanded some money and some merchandise and was able to get those items and left on foot,” says spokesperson for GJPD Kate Porras.

She says police weren't able to figure out which direction he fled, so extra measures were taken.

"We immediately put two schools and a daycare on lockdown. That's Bookcliff, Nisley and Kinderhause,” says Pooras.

The suspect is said to be a white man, 150 pounds, 5’9. He was last seen wearing a dark ski mask, a blue sweatshirt and jeans.

“I hope that they catch him or that he turns himself in because that's no way to live your life-- robbing people!,” says Noorlander.

There were two customers in the store during the robbery though they left the scene before police arrived.

GJPD urges those two customers to come forward with any information. Anyone else with information is also urged to contact GJPD or Crimestoppers at 241-STOP.

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Bookcliff Middle School, Nisley Elementary, and Kinderhause are on lock down as result of an armed robbery at International Imports on North Avenue.

Police are searching for a suspect in the area with a K-9.

We will update this story as details come in.


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