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October 16, 2014 at 12:12 PM

North Seattle bank robbery prompts school alert

 

Update at 12:34 p.m.: Seattle Public Schools says the shelter-in-place pracuations have been lifted at Bryant, Eckstein, View Ridge, Wedgwood and Thornton Creek schools.

Original post: Seattle police are searching for a bank robber believed to be armed, prompting several Wedgwood-area schools to go on alert.

The robbery was reported near the 7500 block of 35th Avenue Northeast. The robber is described as white, in his 50s and about 5-feet-3. He was wearing a  denim jacket and jeans and a black jacket, police say in a tweet.

Police say he may be armed.

Seattle Public Schools says the follow schools have been placed in shelter-in-place mode: Eckstein Middle and Bryant,  Thornton Creek, View Ridge and Wedgwood elementaries.

Shelter-in-place calls for schools to lock the doors and station a person just inside. It is less drastic than a lock-down, during which shades are drawn and students and staff take cover.

This post will be updated.

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