Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Suspect nabbed inside elementary school

17-year-old was running from police

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        COVINGTON — A knife-wielding 17-year-old being chased by police for suspected gasoline theft in Fort Wright detoured through Glenn O. Swing Elementary School Tuesday morning, police said.

        The Walton teen, who had fled on foot after a car crash in Covington, was arrested near the school and charged with three felony counts: receiving stolen property, burglary, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

        A second suspect, Roland Noble, 18, of Covington, was arrested near the administration building of the City Heights housing complex less than a mile away.

        He was charged with fleeing and evading and receiving stolen property.

        According to Covington police, at around 7:30 a.m., Fort Wright police began chasing a stolen car driven by Mr. Noble at Highland Avenue near 19th Street. The vehicle crashed into a telephone pole at 19th and Franklin.

        As Mr. Noble headed for City Heights, police said, the 17-year-old, who they said carried a knife, ran inside Glenn O. Swing school.

        Principal Susan McDonald said about 20 students were waiting in line for breakfast.

        “He ran down a hallway, out a door and behind a building,” Ms. McDonald said.

        “He was using the school as a place to slow the police down.”

        The school was evacuated as the search continued, but nobody was hurt. Ms. McDonald said the students were able to continue taking state achievement tests, which run through next week.


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