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Armed robbery at gas station leads to Lorain County Joint Vocational School lockdown (UPDATED)

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    A K-9officer searches the area near the WOBL radio station for a suspected armed robber Thursday.

    PHOTO PROVIDED BY MICHAEL KELLY / WOBL

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The Lorain County Joint Vocational School spent about an hour on lockdown following an armed robbery of the gas station nearby.

Oberlin police Lt. Michael McCloskey said the Marathon station at State Route 58 and U.S. Route 20 was robbed at gunpoint around 7 a.m. this morning, when a man walked in wearing all black and a black mask and showed an apparent handgun. Police believe the robber was a younger white man, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with a slender build.

The robber ran into some nearby woods, and police set up a perimeter shortly after 7 a.m. to search for him, with the help of Lorain County Sheriff’s deputies and a K9 unit. The robber eluded police, and appears to have gotten into a car and left the area. McCloskey couldn’t say if he’d left a car parked somewhere else, or if he got a ride from someone else. The suspect remains at large.

Betty Halliburton, the director of communication services for the joint vocational school said the school went into lockdown shortly after 7 a.m. when there were already about 160 students in the building. Buses coming to the joint vocational school were diverted to their home districts.

Around 8:15 a.m. the search perimeter was lifted, and the lockdown was lifted as well. The school is closed today, Halliburton said, and the students who were in the building will be directed back to their home schools.

Contact Vince Guerrieri at (440) 329-7124 or vguerrieri@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @vinceguerrieri.
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