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October 12, 2006
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Albuquerque schools temporarily locked down

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico- Three Albuquerque schools were locked down and SWAT teams searched a middle school campus Thursday after a student reported that a man dressed in all black had approached her brandishing a knife, police said.

Two of the schools, both elementary schools within a mile of James Monroe Middle School, reopened after about 2 hours.

Police were reviewing videotape from outside the middle school, which remained under lockdown for another hour before the order was lifted, said Officer Trish Hoffman of the Albuquerque Police Department.

"We've conducted a number of searches inside the school and secondary searches outside the school, and we haven't located anybody," Hoffman said.

She said the girl reported that the man was outside the school near a portable classroom or a restroom. "We don't know if he touched her," Hoffman said.

Albuquerque Public Schools spokesman Rigo Chavez said the nearby schools were locked down as a precaution. He did not immediately know how many people were involved in the lockdowns.

An Albuquerque police SWAT team -- along with officers from the school district, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department and Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety -- responded to the middle school, Hoffman said.

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