MONTE VISTA - During the night of Wednesday, Nov. 13, law enforcement received a report of someone being robbed at gunpoint in the proximity of West Sickles Street in Monte Vista. The Rio Grande Sheriff’s department and the Monte Vista Police department searched for the perpetrator all of Wednesday night. In the early hours Thursday, Nov. 14, local law enforcement had determined the suspect had barricaded himself in a residence on Bronk Street. Police blocked off the street as they tried to negotiate with the man to surrender.
Because of the close proximity of Bronk Street to Monte Vista schools, school resource Officer David Pino advised the schools to go on a precautionary lockout for students and staff safety. Eventually law enforcement was able to apprehend the unidentified man with no one being harmed.
The lockout started early in the morning around 7 a.m. At 7:15 a.m., Monte Vista School district posted the following on its Facebook page. “Attention!! Due to an incident taking place between Bill Metz and the Monte Vista High School, our schools are going into lockout. If your children ride the bus or meet at the high school to ride the bus, we are keeping them inside until the situation is resolved. We are business as usual in our buildings. For those that are showing up to school we are letting them inside. We will keep you posted. Thank You!!”
At 7:41 a.m. the Monte Vista School District posted on Facebook, “The situation that occurred in our community is now under control and every school is back to normal. All students at the High School were put back on buses and sent to their schools. A huge thank you goes out to local law enforcement, school district staff and all others involved. Thank You for keeping our kids safe!!”
The Monte Vista School District asked the Monte Vista Journal to let parents and guardians know if you did not receive a text message about the lockout, please visit with your child’s school and make sure your phone numbers are correct. Some students arrived to school because the phone numbers on file were incorrect. All other community members can receive alerts from the school district in two ways: Download the Monte Vista School District app or like Monte Vista School District on Facebook. The School District will have Twitter and Instagram alert messaging capabilities in the near future.
Rebecca Copley is a San Luis Valley native who covers news stories in the Monte Vista, Colorado area. She can be reached by email at [email protected]