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Suspicious activity puts elementary school on lockdown

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

JOHNS CREEK, Ky. (WYMT) - A Pike County school went on lockdown Thursday morning as two masked men were caught combing through the parking lot looking into car windows, and police got a surprise when they realized who one suspect was.

They say it all happened pretty fast.

"The time from the actual initial call to the time the school was on lockdown was probably approximately 20 to 30 minutes," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Shaun Little.

A custodian at Johns Creek Elementary spotted two masked men making their way through the parking lot peering through car windows.

Administrators called police and put the school on lockdown.

"In a matter of maybe three to five minutes they were on our campus, and they were checking everything out making sure our kids were okay," said Principal Kenneth Reed Adkins.

School officials say when the two men were approached they took off up the side of a hill.

"They located two males subjects walking on the property owned by Pike County landfill. Both of the male subjects fled on foot," said Trooper Little.

At the school, they stayed alert.

"We stationed people throughout the perimeter to make sure they didn't try to come back to our campus," said Adkins.

Police say it was not long before they caught up with 34-year-old Jason Benton and 24-year-old Jeremiah Young.

They arrested both on charges of criminal trespassing and possession of burglary tools.

Police say Young is also facing other charges for escaping from the Pike County Detention Center while on work release in February.

They say the men never entered the school.

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