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Key West High locked down, police converge

A Key West Police Department officer armed with a shotgun searches for an armed man near Key West High School Monday afternoon.
A Key West Police Department officer armed with a shotgun searches for an armed man near Key West High School Monday afternoon.

Key West High School was locked down early Monday afternoon due to an armed robber possibly hiding on the Flagler Avenue campus.



City police swarmed the campus. The students were put on lockdown. Police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said the suspect in the robbery is a black man around age 18 to 25 and was wearing a green shirt.



The lockdown started at  12:45 p.m. "We went on lockdown as a precaution," Principal Amber Bosco said.



Crean said at 2:15 the lockdown ended. The suspect remained on the loose.

Bosco said students are expected to leave school as scheduled at 2:30 but after-school activities will be postponed until 4 to allow police to search the premises.

"We are asking all students to leave campus," Bosco said.

Key West police, with the help of officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Monroe County Sheriff's Office, are going door to door on Fourth Street, searching homes.

"I just came out of my laundry room and there was two cops. It startled me, this is unusual for this neighborhood," said Howard Harris, a 30-year resident who lives in  the 1500 block of Fourth Street.





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