TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Ross Elementary School was placed on a temporary lockdown just before noon while Topeka Police looked for multiple suspects following a traffic stop.
Topeka Police said the incident began when a student at Ross Elementary told a school administrator they had witnessed a person with a firearm by a vehicle across from the school.
Topeka Public Schools said the school went on lockdown at 11:50 a.m. due to the subject possibly being in the area and having a weapon.
When a Topeka officer went to investigate he found an occupied vehicle in the 3300 block of SE Indiana. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, two passengers ran.
One suspect was located in the 3300 block of SE Ohio and taken into custody. He was identified as Brandon Youngs, 28, and was transported to the Department of Corrections with a felony warrant. The other suspect has not been located.
Topeka Police said the driver of the vehicle was identified as Patrick Baumann, 37, of Topeka, who was also taken into custody with a city warrant.
Around 12:30 p.m. the school was moved to a secure campus mode and was back to normal activities just before 1:00 p.m.
A spokeswoman with Topeka Public Schools said a text, email and app notification was sent out to parents at 12:44 p.m., nearly one hour after the lockdown began.
“What if a parent had to go and get their kid early and they couldn’t get in and they don’t know why. I figure they need to at least make it known before anything,” said Xavier Barksdale, who’s daughter attends kindergarten at Ross.
Barksdale said he never received any message or notification from the school district.
TPS said if someone didn’t get the message they can sign up on the Topeka Public Schools website by going to the top right corner of the homepage where it says TPS App. KSNT News asked why the district wait so long to notify parents, but received no response.
USD 501 said parents should also check their PowerSchool account or contact thier child’s school to make sure they have the correct email and phone number information in their system.
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