Note: This story was last updated at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 17.
A soft lockdown was lifted Wednesday morning at the Oak Ridge Preschool and School Administration Building after a domestic violence suspect was arrested on West Geneva Lane.
The call was reported to have started at 10:21 a.m. on Georgia Avenue, which is east of Jackson Square and Blankenship Field, and a few blocks east of the Preschool and SAB. The Oak Ridge Police Department received a report of a domestic dispute, and suspect Timothy Dickens, 34, of Oak Ridge, allegedly kicked in the front door of a home, a City of Oak Ridge press release said.
“Mr. Dickens fled the residence on foot westbound into a densely wooded area,” the release said.
More officers responded and contained the area, and a canine police unit was dispatched to help with the search.
The ORPD then worked with Oak Ridge Schools to enter a soft lockdown at the Preschool and SAB, which is at 304 New York Avenue. During the soft lockdown, students and staff were asked to stay indoors and not go outside. Exterior doors remained locked. But there is no reason to shelter in place and no reason to be quiet, and interior doors are not locked.
After a short police search, officers located Dickens on West Geneva Lane at about 10:55 a.m., and they arrested him. West Geneva Lane is off Georgia Avenue, just north of Big Ed’s Pizza.
Dickens was taken to the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton, where he was charged with aggravated burglary.
The soft lockdown was lifted when Dickens was arrested.
“We chose to err on the side of caution as the suspect was last seen fleeing toward the area of the Preschool/SAB,” Oak Ridge Police Chief Jim Akagi said. “However, at no time were students or staff in any danger.”
ORPD used Nixle to send out immediate notifications during the incident to subscribed users. Anyone can sign up for ORPD alerts at http://local.nixle.com/oak-ridge-police-department. You can also sign up by texting 37830 to 888-777 to receive mobile alerts, or you can follow ORPD on Twitter or Facebook.
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