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Lockout lifted at Medina schools as suspect evades police

The Medina schools campus was locked out Tuesday morning for about two hours after a suspect ran from police a few blocks from an elementary school, according to authorities.

Medina police had an arrest warrant for Willie A. Drisdom, 38, who they were attempting to take into custody at about 7:45 a.m. in the 300 block of Park Avenue. The suspect ran from police, who engaged in a foot pursuit heading south toward Oak Orchard Elementary School, Medina police said.

Drisdom, described as 5-foot-6 and 190 pounds, evaded police and was not in custody as of about 10 a.m., police said.

Each of the district's schools went into lockout as a precaution, Medina School Superintendent Mark B. Kruzynski said in an email. Medina's elementary, intermediate and high schools, as well as the district offices, are all in close proximity to each other.

Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the search, including the State Police, Orleans County Sheriff's Office and state parole officials.

The lockout began at about 8 a.m. and was lifted at 9:49 a.m., authorities said.

When there's a threat outside of a building, the building is usually locked out, meaning the perimeter is secured and no one else is allowed inside.

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