On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Evelyn I. Morris Early Childhood Center in Lincoln was locked down as a safety precaution after an armed robbery at The Lincoln Store. The store is located on Second Street, one block from the school located on Third Street in Lincoln.
“First thing this morning, Beth Conaway was notified of an armed robbery at the Lincoln Store,” Dr. Phyllis Kohel said. “Almost as soon as she hung up the phone, two Delaware State Police Officers were at the school. They helped escort the children off the buses and safely into their classrooms.” Dr. Kohel said every door and window in the school was locked to prevent anyone from entering the building.
According to Dr. Kohel, the Delaware State Police Officers remained at the school and, at 8:45 AM, conferred with the School Resource Officer, Theresa Bloodsworth, regarding whether they needed to remain on the scene. She felt that the school was secured properly and the state officers left the building. The lockdown ended at 9 AM.
“The students are safe and secure within the building,” Dr. Kohel said. “Officer Robert Masten, one of our other School Resource Officers is on site as is Officer Bloodsworth, and they will remain at the school throughout the day to ensure the safety of the children.”
According to Master Corporal Gary Fournier, Public Information Officer for the Delaware State Police, the suspect remained at large as of 10:45 AM and was described as a black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and possibly carrying a hand gun.
“The Delaware State Police made notification to the school of the incident to alert them due to the close proximity of the store to the school,” Master Corporal Fournier said. “The lockdown ended when it was determined that there was no longer an imminent threat to the school.”
Police report that at 7am, the man entered The Lincoln Store and made contact with the 29-year old cashier. When the man displayed a handgun and demanded cash, the clerk complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect left the store in an unknown direction, leading to the temporary lockdown of the school. The store clerk was not injured in the incident.
If anyone has any information, please contact Troop 4 Major Crimes at 302-856-5850 or by using the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application that may be downloaded at http://www.delaware.gov/apps/ or by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Information may also be submitted online at http://www.tipsubmit.com or by text message to 274637 using the keyword DSP.