Armed robbery suspect sought

Published 7:00 pm Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brantley School was on a “soft lockdown” following an alleged early-morning robbery, but school officials say that everything ran smoothly and extra security was in place at the school on Tuesday.

Brantley police are currently searching for a male approximately 6 feet tall, who was wearing a tan hoodie and a bandana around his mouth at the time of the incident. The suspect also wore glasses.

According to Brantley Assistant Chief Drew Morgan, the suspect took $6 during the robbery of a Pepsi employee making a delivery before school Tuesday morning.

“About 6:45 a.m., according to what I understand, there was an incident on campus involving a non-student and a Pepsi employee,” said Superintendent Randy Wilkes. “I was called immediately and came down.”

Wilkes said that law enforcement arrived on the scene, and everyone on campus was put in a secure location.

“We checked all our facilities out and didn’t find anything unusual,” he said.

The school has proceeded with a normal day on “soft lockdown,” which means that exterior doors to buildings and classroom doors are locked.

The school is home to students from the Brantley and Dozier areas of Crenshaw County.

The school system sent out a system-wide announcement via phone, and Wilkes said that to his knowledge, very few students were checked out of school by parents because of the incident.

“We implemented our safety policy procedure,” said Wilkes, who said that the school operated Tuesday on a “heightened sense of alertness.”

Wilkes also said that he was on campus all morning with law enforcement.

Anyone with information on the suspect may contact the BPD at 334-527-3245.

-Michael Rodgers