An investigation into a possible home invasion, which forced a Brooke County School into lock down, has found the incident was not criminal in nature.
According to the Brooke County Sheriff's office, they responded to a call on Elaine Avenue in Follansbee, W.Va. The initial report indicated that an unknown male began to open the front door of an occupied home, when the home owner pulled the door closed from the inside and locked it. The residents then informed the suspect that they would call the police. At that time, the alleged suspect walked toward the area of Rockdale Road.
Upon investigation, the sheriff's office determined during the high winds that morning a home burglar alarm in that neighborhood was triggered. Another resident, who heard the alarm, was then notified that some home burglaries may be occurring, according to authorities.
One resident took to the streets in order to warn neighbors and approached the open door on Elaine Avenue. Authorities say that individual's opening of the door was interpreted by residents as a threat.
The Brooke County Sheriff's office concluded there was never an attempted home invasion and that was meant to be a kind act was construed as a criminal act. No criminal actions will be pursued.
A man tried to force himself into a house just down the road from a local elementary school.
Luckily, the woman inside was able to close her door and call 911, which lead to the Brooke County Sheriff's Department to put Hooverson Heights Primary School on lock down.
Crews from Follansbee Police Department, Wellsburg Police Department, the Brooke County Fire and Sheriff's Department searched the area for the suspect and determined that he had fled causing them to lift the lock down a short while after.
However, that man is still on the lose and Sheriff Chuck Jackson is asking you to be his eyes.
"We are still looking we can use any help we can get. He's a white male, probably in his twenties. He's about 5'6" to 5'8" and light brown or dark blond hair. He was wearing a Steeler's jacket, primarily black, with a Steeler emblem on the back," says Sheriff Jackson.
Sheriff Jackson says that putting a school on lock down is standard protocol for instances such as this.
He believes that he and his crews were able to respond quick enough that no children or parents were scared.
The suspect was seen at another house before the attempted home invasion, however he never made any direct threats to anyone. No one was injured and nothing was taken.