HALLSVILLE, TX (KLTV) - Hallsville Police also released a statement today on an incident that caused schools to be placed on "lockout" on Tuesday.
It reads as followed:
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at approximately 2pm, officers with the Hallsville Police Department were sent to Dollar General to meet with a victim of a possible scam. The man told officers he was approached by two black male individuals at the Walmart on Estes Pkwy in Longview. They told him they had just received a large sum of money and needed to deposit it. They convinced the man to drive them to his own bank in Hallsville with the intent of him withdrawing money from his own account. They stopped at a convenience store in Hallsville and he told them he changed his mind. The two black males then fled on foot behind the building.
Due to the proximity of the schools, HISD Officers were notified and a lock down was placed while officers investigated further. It is believed another vehicle was waiting nearby and picked them up. The lock down was lifted shortly after without any further incidents.
We have reached out to Hallsville Police Department Tuesday evening for more information about these men who fled; it is not believed that they have been brought into police custody at this time.
A press release was sent out to parents and others connected to Hallsville ISD, as well.
From Hallsville ISD Police Department:
Good Afternoon HISD Family, This afternoon City of Hallsville officers responded to a call about suspicious persons at the McDonalds restaurant on Hwy 80 just south of North Elementary School.
The two men had solicited a ride from a Longview location saying they had $100,000 and needed a ride to Hallsville to deposit it in a local bank. When the driver decided he would not take the men to the bank but dropped them off at McDonald's. Upon exiting the vehicle, both men ran into the wooded area. HISD Police officers and campus administrators put both Hallsville High School and North Elementary campuses went into a lockout condition in order to assure the safety of our students.
After a short time, Hallsville Police determined that the two men had left the area. Hallsville High School released from the lockout and returned to normal activities inside and outside the building.
North Elementary remained in lockout for the duration of the day and conducted their foul weather pick-up process in order to assure the safety of our K-3 students.
HISD PD officers maintained an extra officer in the area as a measure of extra diligence. A "lockout" is a safety measure that ensures that all students are brought indoors, exterior doors are double-checked but classes and most other activities proceed as normal.
HISD PD officers and school personnel are extra watchful during this time.
God bless and be safe,
Terrance A. Turner
Chief of Police
Hallsville ISD PD
The call of suspicious person went out from HCSO at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. Hallsville police cleared the call around 3 p.m.