Three Edgewood area schools were locked down for about an hour Wednesday afternoon while police searched for a man who was reported trying to break into a home in the area.
Around 1:20 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Oak Street was walking out the back of his residence when he confronted a black man in his 20s, with a thin build and wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, according to Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
The resident said the man had entered the rear to the resident's home in an apparent attempted burglary, Hopkins said.
When the resident tried to push the burglar out the door, the burglar kicked the homeowner in the knee and ran off, Hopkins said. He was later seen running to the wooded area near the railroad tracks.
While sheriff's deputies, a police dog and the Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter searched the area, Deerfield Elementary School, Edgewood Middle School and Edgewood High School, all on the same campus on Willoughby Beach Road, were placed on lock-down, Hopkins said. Students participating in outdoor gym classes were asked to go inside.
When the high school dismissed for the day, walkers from the areas of Pine Street, Oak Street and Cedar Lane were held at the school. A similar procedure was to be used for Edgewood Middle walkers.
The lockdown at each of the schools was lifted around 2:45 p.m.
The suspected burglar was not found and the search was called off, Hopkins said. No arrest had been made as of Thursday afternoon.
The victim was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for treatment.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office Southern Precinct, 410-612-1717.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun