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One arrested, two sought after search puts school in lockdown

Posted November 21, 2008 10:30 a.m. EST

— Police arrested one man in a home invasion after a search that forced a Durham elementary school to be locked down Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said that Eushun O'Neal Jackson, 20, of Abercromby Drive, was one of three gunmen who kicked in the door of a woman's apartment along Courtney Creek Boulevard around noon. The woman escaped by jumping off a balcony.

Witnesses told police that the gunmen fled in a gold Dodge Durango. Master Police Officer M.W. Long spotted the vehicle and stopped it at University Drive and Dixon Road.

Long arrested Jackson, but the other occupants fled on foot. Officers searched the area for more than an hour, but the men escaped.

During the search, Hope Valley Elementary School was placed on lockdown until about 2 p.m. No disruptions were reported at the school.

Jackson was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking-and-entering, assault by pointing a gun and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $150,000 bond.

Anyone with information about the home invasion or the other robbers was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

Jackson was sentenced to probation for drug charges in September, according to Department of Correction records. He served 42 days in jail for larceny over $1,000 in 2007 and was also convicted of misdemeanor breaking-and-entering and larceny in 2006.