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Apex High locked down while police searched for armed robbery suspect

Posted August 25, 2015 4:40 p.m. EDT
Updated August 25, 2015 6:10 p.m. EDT

Apex police

— Apex High School was locked down briefly Tuesday afternoon while police officers searched for a suspect in an armed robbery that happened near the school.

Apex police Capt. Ann Stephens said officers were investigating the armed robbery about 3:20 p.m. at a Kangaroo convenience store on West Williams Street, where a man said he was pumping gas when four people approached and took his wallet at gunpoint.

Minutes later, police intercepted a vehicle heading east on U.S. Highway 64 and took three suspects into custody. The fourth ran toward the high school, prompting the lockdown.

The fourth suspect was caught just before 4 p.m. in the woods near the school, Stephens said. Officers also recovered the handgun they said was used in the crime.

Wake County Public School System spokeswoman Lisa Luten said the lockdown only affected after-school activities.

The names of the suspects and possible charges were not immediately released.