SOUTH HOLLAND | An armed robbery Monday caused police to chase a pair of suspects to athletic fields south of Thornridge High School in Dolton, which resulted in that campus and Thornwood High School being placed on lockdown status for about a half-hour around the middle of the day.
Police Chief Warren Millsaps said a man was walking along the street near 155th Street and South Park Avenue when he was robbed by two armed men.
Police in the area began to chase the two men, who drove away in a car for a few blocks, then ditched the automobile and tried to flee on foot.
Millsaps said South Holland police were able to catch the men at the edge of Thornridge property, which is located one block from the South Holland/Dolton border.
Jerry Doss, a spokesman for Thornton Township High School District 205, said the two campuses were on lockdown preventing anyone from entering or leaving the high school buildings for about a half hour around 11 a.m.
School Board President Kenneth Williams said both Thornridge, 15000 Cottage Grove Ave., and Thornwood, at 17101 South Park Ave., near South Holland's border with Thornton, were placed on lockdown as a precautionary matter.
“After what happened in Connecticut last week, we wanted to be extra cautious to make sure no one got into the schools,” Williams said.
Both Doss and Williams said the robbery suspects never actually got into a school building, and that students and faculty were never in any actual danger.
“The police asked us to do this; it was a safety precaution,” Doss said.
Millsaps said the two suspects remained in custody Monday afternoon, although charges had yet to be filed against either.
He said there are four “persons of interest” in total in this case, although he would not say how the others were involved with the robbery suspects.
Taquoya Kennedy, a Dolton village spokeswoman, said Dolton police were not involved in the incident.