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April 30, 2013

Enid officers call off hunt for suspect

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Woodward, Okla. — Authorities let trains through the perimeter while the OHP aircraft kept an eye on the cars to make sure the suspect didn't jump on board.

Police believe the suspect is a white male, and was wearing dark clothing and a mask. They had no further information to report about his description and surveillance video from the scene appeared to have little use in identifying the man.

"We really don't have an ID on who he is," Morris said. "We're stuck at this point until something can come up or until a tip comes in."

Several schools on the east side of Enid were locked down as a safety precaution, said Amber Fitzgerald, human resources and communications director for Enid Public Schools. Those included Adams, Coolidge, Garfield, Longfellow, Monroe, Carver Educational Center and the Greenbrier 4-year-old program.

A spokeswoman at Pleasant Vale Elementary, 6020 E. Willow Road, said the school was placed in secure, or lockdown, mode Monday morning with a police officer sitting at the front door. Extra school staff were tasked outside the building as school let out.

The American Red Cross arrived on scene and provided water, snacks and lunch to the officers. Enid's SWAT team took a break late in the morning to regroup and eat before heading back out. Jay Sharp, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Enid, said the Enid Police Department called and asked for help early in the hours-long search.

"That is a Red Cross service. We're more than happy to assist," Sharp said.

Highway 412 remained open throughout the manhunt.

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