Search continues for suspect connected to school lockdown
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville Police Department is releasing more information regarding a credible threat that was reported Tuesday at Buford Middle School.
According to police, officers responded around 1 p.m. for a threat of violence that was directed at a specific student.
In order to make sure all of the students were safe, the school was placed on lockdown.
Police say the suspect, 22-year-old Dionte Tremaine Ruffin, shared a connection with the mother of the student.
Officials then learned that the mother had children at both Charlottesville High and Greenbrier Elementary schools too, so those facilities were placed on modified lockdown.
At this time, police say no threats have been made toward the schools themselves.
CPD has also taken steps to protect the family against whom the threats had been directed.
Anyone with information on Ruffin’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280 or CrimeStoppers at (434) 977-4000.