Parents were able to pick up their children about four hours after the lockdown began at the Leisure City K-8 Center in Homestead. Sixth-grader Joshua Molina, parent Kaishle Ayala, Miami-Dade Schools Police Sgt. Ivan Silva and Homestead Police Det. Fernando Morales described what happened.
A Homestead elementary school was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after robbery suspects sought by police ran inside, authorities said.
Leisure City K-8 Center at 14950 Southwest 288th Street was placed on lockdown at about 10:30 a.m., Miami-Dade school officials said. Parents were finally able to pick up their kids about four hours later.
Miami-Dade Police said three suspects wanted for a robbery of a lawn business in Miami-Dade were driving a stolen U-Haul truck when they bailed out near the school.
Two of the suspects ran into the school to get away from officers but were immediately apprehended, police said.
Homestead Police identified them as Carlton Williams, 24, and Jamal Brown, 22.
The third suspect was still at large and the school remained on lockdown as a precaution.
"Everybody evacuates the hallways, all the classrooms are immediately locked and nobody is allowed in or out of the school," Miami-Dade Schools Police Sgt. Ivan Silva said.
Kaishle Ayala was among the parents concerned while the school was on "code yellow."
"And I have my daughter, my daughter stays in this school,she's only 5 years old so I can just imagine what she's going through right now," Ayala said.