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Man acting erratically on Robert E. Lee campus taken into custody after foot chase

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Tyler police have apprehended a suspect who was involved in a foot chase with officers that started on the Robert E. Lee campus, according to Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department.

Alvord Martin, 23, of Tyler was arrested after leading officers on a foot chase and assaulting a woman. 

Police responded to Capital One Bank on ESE Loop 323 after it was reported that Martin approached a woman as she got off the elevator to go to work. The woman felt threatened, got back on the elevator and called police.

Martin then fled the bank on foot and was later reported to be on the Robert E. Lee campus.

According to Tyler Independent School District spokesperson Dawn Parnell, around 7:30 a.m., Martin was observed acting erratically on the Robert E. Lee campus. Police were notified and about 150 to 200 students and teachers who were on campus at that time were taken into the cafeteria and put on lockdown for about 15 minutes. No students or teachers were harmed during the incident.

Martin then entered an office building at 821 ESE Loop 321 and assaulted a female before fleeing.

Witnesses at the scene tell us he was trying to get into vehicles stopped at the lights on Loop 323 and Donnybrook during the foot chase.

He was taken into custody by police and transported to the Smith County Jail where he was charged with criminal mischief, assault, burglary of a vehicle and evading and resisting arrest.

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