(UPDATED)—An elementary school outside Havre de Grace was locked down Tuesday afternoon during a police search for a man who remains at large, according to Maryland State Police.
The search began after an attempted traffic stop at 11:27 a.m. in Fulton, PA, police said.
Pennsylvania troopers chased a 1996 blue Plymouth Neon, driven by Joseph Charles Apitsch Jr. of Maryland, across the Conowingo Dam, police said.
Police said that the vehicle ultimately stopped on the 2300 block of Shuresville Road in Darlington. Apitsch and passenger Gail Louise Olsen, 27, of Maryland, were taken into custody, according to The Sentinel.
Police said that Carl Sexton, 43, who is a wanted felon, was in the car and he ran into a cornfield. Police said that Sexton remained at large Tuesday evening. He was described as a white man approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing approximately 160 pounds, with long brown hair, wearing a black T-shirt and dark colored jeans.
"A lengthy search of the area was conducted for approximately three hours which ultimately yielded negative results," according to a statement from Maryland State Police. After setting up a perimeter, police said they called in canine officers and a helicopter for assistance.
"On the advice of the Maryland State Police, Darlington Elementary School has been placed on a modified lockdown for a suspect loose in the area," Kranefeld said after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The school on Shuresville Road, whose attendance area includes a pocket of Havre de Grace, was on alert. Students were allowed to walk around within the building and continue instruction but were not to leave, according to Kranefeld.
The lockdown ended along with the regular school day, according to Kranefeld, who said the police investigation concluded close to dismissal time. There was an increased police presence during 3:30 p.m. dismissal as a precaution, she added.
Pennsylvania State Police are handling the investigation. Anyone with information may call 911.