Schools on lockdown while fugitive sought

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Three schools were on lockdown for only minutes Tuesday morning as Lebanon Police captured and arrested a man wanted on a probation violation out of Trousdale County.

The schools affected were Walter J. Baird Middle School, Coles Ferry Elementary and Castle Heights Elementary School, said Lebanon Special School District Director Scott Benson.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said that a lockdown was requested as a precaution during the search for the suspect, identified as Michael Grant, 34, of Lebanon.

Bowen said officers tried to serve a warrant on Grant this past Thursday at Webster Mobile Home Community on North Cumberland Street. Ashley Sprague, 22, of Lebanon, would not allow officers inside her home to look for Grant after they received information that he was living there with her.

Officers on Tuesday, however, observed a man matching Grant’s description walk inside the home. “They attempted to make contact with Grant, and he ran to Northwood Park apartments, where he entered an apartment with an unlocked door. Fortunately, no one was home at the time,” Bowen said.

Grant attempted to climb out of a rear window when officers made contact and placed him under arrest. He was charged with the Violation of Probation warrant from Trousdale County, and evading arrest and aggravated criminal trespass in Wilson County.

Benson said he was in meetings in Nashville when he received a call from Bowen telling him there was “something going on” and that schools in the area needed to be on lockdown.

The LSSD director said he contacted officials at the schools which were already on lockdown. Benson said he called Bowen back and learned that police had found and arrested the suspect.

The lockdown, Benson said, “was just for a few minutes.”