Schools placed in lockdown Friday while police search for car thief suspect

By Doug Petrowski

Two Mountlake Terrace schools were placed into lockdown for 35 minutes Friday morning as police searched an area near Mountlake Terrace High School for a suspect believed to have been involved in a stolen vehicle case.

All the exterior doors to Mountlake Terrace High were locked at approximately 8:30 a.m.; no students or staff was allowed to leave the building during the “modified lockdown.”

At Cedar Way Elementary, the lockdown came at a time when students are arriving for the normal 8:40 a.m. start time of classes. Buses bringing students to the school were diverted to Mountlake Terrace High School; there, the students were escorted into the high school’s theater. The lockdown was lifted at 9:05 a.m. and students re-boarded their buses for transport to Cedar Way Elementary.

“We take the safety and security of our students very seriously and I want to reassure you all that this was a precautionary measure to keep everyone safe,” MTHS Principal Greg Schwab said in a letter sent to parents.

A neighbor west of the high school reported seeing a man they suspected in a recent car theft and called police. “Although they had numerous officers in the area and a K-9 track was done, the suspect was not located,” Mountlake Terrace Police Commander Doug Hansen said late Friday.

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