Bloomingdale Schools On Lockdown While Police Search for Suspect

Posted at 3:12 PM, Oct 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-10 16:12:05-04

BLOOMINGDALE, Mich. — Bloomingdale Public Schools were put on lockdown at 12:30 p.m. Thursday while police search for a suspect that led them on a chase and escaped Wednesday night.

As of 3 p.m., the schools were still on lockdown.  School officials say that they locked down the schools as a precautionary measure.  All evening activities at the school have been cancelled, and parents are required to pick their children up directly from their school.  Evening activities at Gobles Public Schools have also been cancelled, and parents are required to pick their children up their as well.

The suspect, 32-year-old Michael Loren Warner, led police on a high speed chase through Allegan and Van Buren Counties Wednesday night after allegedly cutting his tether and fleeing police.

At 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Warner allegedly broke into a home in the 40000 block of 14th Avenue and stole an ATV and guns. Police later located those things in a wooded area, but continue to search for him in the area around 14th and 41st Street.  They say he may still be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 911, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office at 269-673-0500 or Silent Observer at 855-745-3680.