Port Clinton schools go on lock down after nearby pharmacy robbery

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (13abc Action News) - It was an unusual end to the school day for students in Port Clinton.

"You just hear so many things going on around the country, so it's always a concern when you hear that," said parent Nicole DeFreitas.

Parents like DeFreitas got a notification Tuesday afternoon that their kids' buildings were on precautionary lock down.

The reason behind it was a robbery at the nearby Magruder Hospital Pharmacy.

"Obviously as a parent that's something you never want to have come through your phone," said DeFreitas.

Port Clinton police say a white man in his 20's went into the pharmacy dressed in all camouflage.

He then pulled out a gun, demanded medication from behind the counter and ran off.

While authorities searched the area on foot and from the air, Superintendent Pat Adkins had his schools doors locked and students kept inside.

"You always get that very first initial moment of scare, but knowing the community and knowing where I'm at I knew that I was in safe hands and so were my kids," said parent Rebecca Cross.

The lock down lasted about an hour and a half and parents were eventually able to pick up their kids.

"I believe the schools and the police and everybody did everything that they could to try to keep all the children safe and they did a great job," said Cross.

"It's scary, but I commend the school for taking the precautions to keep everybody inside, and it's an inconvenience for people, but safety is obviously the number one concern so we appreciate it," added DeFreitas.

Police believe the man behind that robbery got away in a newer white Chrysler van.

Magruder Hospital leaders say people needing to pick-up prescriptions at the pharmacy can do so starting Wednesday, but only at the drive-through window.