BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A school in Boardman was placed on lockdown after a theft suspect ran into the building.
According to a police report, officers were called to the Southern Park Mall at about 1:18 p.m. Monday. A clerk at JCPenney said a man was running out of the store with clothing items.
Officers say the man, later identified as Joshua Zickefoose, ran into Boardman Center Intermediate School.
The police officer immediately called the school and told officials to lock down the building, according to a police report.
Zickefoose told police he thought the school was an apartment building, and when he saw students, he realized where he was and ran out, according to the police report.
Police spotted Zickefoose near the fire station on Market Street, where he was ordered to the ground and arrested.
The school district is releasing the following statement to parents in regard to the incident:
Dear Center Intermediate Parents,
Clear and accurate information is vital to the relationship we have with our parents and guardians at Boardman Local Schools. To that point, we have this update and clarification about the recent lockdown at Center Intermediate.
On Monday, September 9, we were notified by Police that they were chasing an alleged shoplifter, and he was heading in the direction of BCIS. Administrators place the building on lockdown and the shoplifter was apprehended at the Boardman Fire Station #71 a short time later. We sent an all call to BCIS parents to let them know about the lockdown.
Several hours later, in a post discussion with the police about the event, we learned the alleged shoplifter had quickly entered and then exited BCIS, through a maintenance door while our lockdown was in place. The malfunctioning latch on that door has been corrected. We apologize for that error, and regret that it happened. It has served to further tighten our procedures.
We want parents to know our district SRO’s and other Boardman Police officers regularly and randomly check building doors. Safety is an everyday, continual process that we do not take lightly. Boardman’s top priority will always be the safety and well being of our students and staff.
Zickefoose is facing several charges including theft, possession of criminal tools, inducing panic, resisting arrest, criminal trespass and obstructing official business. He’s scheduled to be in court later this week.
Editor’s note: A photo that previously ran on our website is not the same man associated with this crime. WKBN regrets this error, and the photo has been corrected.