Armed robbery leads to school lockdown

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

An armed robbery leads to educators putting a high school on lockdown.

William Mann and Andrew York are facing more than a dozen charges because police say they robbed the Parkway Vendors Mall on highway 25-E... then ended up in the Bell County High School parking lot.

Educators say they acted quickly and thankfully no one was hurt.

Sarah Howard says she works too hard to let armed robbers get away without a fight.
"He goes to grab his gun from his side so Patrick was behind him...and cocked his gun. He (Mann) stumbled and he got out the door and kept yelling he was sorry and he was leaving," said Howard.

So Howard and her husband got in the car and followed Mann and York.

The pair ended up at the Bell County High School entrance.
Workers at the entrance alerted folks inside what was going on.
Educators immediately put the school on lockdown.
Howard says her husband blocked the two men from leaving the parking lot.

"He blocked him from getting out so he rammed Patrick's truck. That's when they tased him but the tase didn't phase him. He was standing there as cool as me and you standing here," said Howard.

"We don't just let anyone come on this campus and mix with our kids," said George Thompson, Bell County Schools Superintendent.

Educators put the school on lockdown for less than one hour.
Police arrested both men in the parking lot.
Officials say they did not find a gun on the men, in their vehicle, or anywhere near the school.

"There was a search on this campus. We are convinced if there was a gun, it's not on this campus," said Thompson.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be pending.

The two suspects are in the Bell County Detention Center.

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