Elementary School Goes on Voluntary Lockdown; 2 Arrested

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

JOHNS CREEK, Ky. (WSAZ) — A Pike County, Kentucky, elementary school went into voluntary lockdown after two men were spotted on school property Thursday morning.

Kentucky State Police say those two men were later arrested at a landfill across the road from the school.

The incident happened at Johns Creek Elementary.

Trooper Shaun Little says the school has a rule that as soon as you get to the school you must go inside and get a visitor’s pass. Little says when the men failed to check-in, school officials called police.

Little says when officers got to the scene, they found the men on Pike County Landfill property, which is across the road. He says the two men took off on foot, but were soon arrested.

34-year-old Jason Benton of Varney, Kentucky, was charged with criminal trespassing and possession of criminal tools

24- year-old Jeremiah D. Young of Phelps, Kentucky, was charged with criminal trespassing, possession of criminal tools, fleeing or evading police, being a persistent felony offender, menacing, disorderly conduct, and an unrelated charge of escape.

Little say the escape charge comes his February 14 escape from work release at the Pike County Detention Center.

The lockdown lasted about 20 minutes.

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