Eagle County Schools lockout lifted after attempted bank robberies in Edwards
EDWARDS — Law enforcement is scouring the area, searching for an alleged bank robber.
The suspect attempted to rob Wells Fargo and US Bank in Edwards around 9 a.m. The two banks are about 120 yards apart in the Edwards Riverwalk.
As a result, all school buildings in the Vail Valley were put on lockout due to police activity in the Edwards area. That lockout was lifted around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, school district officials said.
Bank officials say it is not yet known if the robber escaped with any cash. It is also undetermined which bank was hit first.
The suspect, who fled the scene on foot, was described as female, possibly 5 feet, 4 inches tall and skinny with blond/dirty blond hair and freckles. She was last seen wearing a blue hoodie with a grey beanie. It is undetermined whether another suspect was involved.
When the suspect became mobile, all Eagle County schools as well as the Colorado Mountain College campus in Edwards were put on lockout.
‘No threat to students or schools’
“It’s a precaution,” Dan Dougherty, school district communications chief, said about the lockout. “Currently there is no threat to students or schools.”
“We don’t want the suspect to try to seek refuge in in a school building and worsen the incident or create a hostage crisis,” Dougherty said.
Lockout means school continues as normal inside, and all outdoor activities are moved indoors. Entrance to buildings requires photo identification.
A defense attorney for the Glenwood Springs man accused of erratically firing a weapon at police officers and his roommates last summer argued his client is being interrogated without legal counsel by his side.