Suspect in armed robbery now also charged in Wednesday incident at Owensboro High School, school releases statement

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) — An Owensboro man is facing several charges after police say he was involved in an armed robbery Tuesday night and followed an Owensboro High School employee into the locked building Wednesday morning.

Tuesday night, a woman told police a man got into her vehicle while she was stopped at the red light. The suspect showed a knife and demanded money, and the female got out and ran.

Officers located the vehicle abandoned in the area, but the suspect was not located.

Wednesday morning, police went to Owensboro High School after a man, identified as Brandon Jackson, 38, of Owensboro, followed an employee inside.

Police say when Jackson was told to leave by a staff member, he became aggressive with the staff before finally exiting the building.

Owensboro High School released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

Our district puts safety as a top priority and the incident this morning is a prime example of proper training and situational awareness protecting lives.

There is a reason each of our buildings has a double-locked, secured entrance and it’s to prevent situations like this morning from becoming much worse. 

I want to commend our staff member who immediately noticed someone followed them into the primary door and followed all of the protocols to protect the safety of others.

Upon realizing that someone had followed the staff member into the primary door, the staff member immediately told the suspect they needed to leave. The suspect did leave the building and law enforcement was immediately notified. The suspect never made it through the secure entrance and into the building. The suspect was arrested a short time later. 

Staff was notified of the incident and that the suspect had been arrested. They were commended for following all safety protocols and asked to remain vigilant at all times when entering and exiting the building. Thankfully, the district was on a “distance day” for learning and there were only a small handful of students present in the building at the time.

We are thankful for the training provided by the Owensboro Police Department, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police for giving our staff the tools necessary to keep themselves and the building safe. 

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Officers determined Jackson was also the suspect in the Tuesday armed robbery.

Jackson faces charges of robbery, burglary, menacing, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon on school property and registered sex offender school restrictions.

Anyone with additional information can call OPD at 270-687-8888. If you have information regarding this crime or any other, you can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 270-687-8484.

(This story was originally published on January 27, 2021)

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