Feb 6, 2014 12:28 PM by MTN News
2:50 p.m. UPDATE:
MISSOULA - Police are still looking for a suspect in a pair of Thursday morning armed robberies.
The Motel 6 on East Broadway and the nearby Taco Bell were held up at gunpoint at around 9:30 a.m., prompting a massive police response.
Missoula Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Travis Welsh said a male walked into a motel at 9:20 a.m. in the 900 block of East Broadway while showing a hand gun. He demanded cash and left on foot.
The suspect is described as being a "younger" white male with brown hair, who was wearing a red Hellgate High School letterman jacket with the name "Jennifer" on it. He had plastic over his shoes and concealed his face with a light colored, possibly teal bandanna, and dark sunglasses.
Welsh said that about 20 minutes later, a second robbery was reported at the Taco Bell on the other side of the street. A man entered while showing a hand gun and demanded money.
He is described as a white male with brown hair, and appeared to be in his late teens or early 20's. He was said to be concealing his face with a white or light colored bandanna, and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and dark colored shoes with lighter color socks.
Although an investigation into the robberies is still underway, it's believed that both robberies were carried out by the same suspect.
Authorities set up a perimeter in the area and began looking for the suspect, who is still at large. The incidents prompted the University of Montana to call off classes for a time and order students to "shelter in place," behind locked doors. Several local schools quickly followed suit.
Anyone with information regarding either robbery, or the identification of the suspect is asked to call Det. Guy Baker at (406) 396.3217, or Missoula Crimestoppers at (406) 721.4444.
MISSOULA - The search for the suspects in a pair of Thursday morning armed robberies on East Broadway is continuing at this hour.
The incidents, which began at around 9:30 a.m., had prompted the University of Montana to call of classes and have students "shelter in place". Several local schools also went into "lock in" mode, keeping students inside.
Although the suspects have not yet been found, UM and the Missoula County Public Schools system had lifted their orders by 1 p.m.
Public schools will be released as planned - at 2 p.m. for the high schools, 2:30 p.m. for middle school students and fourth and fifth grade elementary students. kindergarten through third grade students will be released as planned at 2 p.m.
St. Joseph and Loyola Sacred Heart schools remained on "high alert" as of 1:15 p.m. with students being kept inside.
The Motel 6 on East Broadway was held up at gunpoint, quickly followed by a similar robbery at the nearby Taco Bell.
The suspect from the Motel 6 robbery is described as being a white male with brown hair, between 5'5" and 5'7" tall. He was last seen wearing a red Hellgate High letterman's jacket with the name "Jennifer" on it. He was also wearing a teal or lighter color bandana over face, dark sunglasses and carrying a black semi-automatic pistol in right hand. He had plastic bags over his shoes.
Police say the Taco Bell robbery suspect is described as a white male with brown hair standing between 5'5" to 5'7" tall. He was wearing a blue hoodie, black sunglasses, blue jeans, dark-colored shoes, light-colored socks and carrying a black semi-automatic pistol in his right hand. He was also wearing black gloves.
Anyone with information about the suspects s
1 p.m. UPDATE:
UM has lifted the campus lockdown. Classes resuming.
MISSOULA - Missoula police have released descriptions of two possible suspects in connection with a pair of Thursday morning armed robberies that have prompted several school lockdowns.
The suspect from the Motel 6 robbery is described as being a white male with brown hair, between 5'5" and 5'7" tall. He was last seen wearing a red Hellgate High letterman's jacket with the name "Jennifer" on it. He was also wearing a teal or lighter color bandanna over face, dark sunglasses and carrying a black semi-automatic pistol in right hand. He had plastic bags over his shoes.
Police said the Taco Bell robbery suspect is described as a white male with brown hair standing between 5'5" to 5'7" tall. He was wearing a blue hoodie, black sunglasses, blue jeans, dark-colored shoes, light-colored socks and carrying a black semi-automatic pistol in his right hand. He was also wearing black gloves.
Anyone with information about the suspects should contact Missoula Police, or Crimestoppers at (406) 721.4444.
The robberies were reported on East Broadway at around 9:30 a.m., and prompted a massive police response.
The incidents prompted the University of Montana to cancel classes and lockdown the campus. All students have been ordered to shelter in place behind a locked door.
Several Missoula schools have also locked students into their buildings as a precaution.
The following schools are impacted: Hellgate High School, Washington Middle School, Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Rattlesnake Elementary School, Paxson Elementary School, St. Joseph School and Loyola Sacred Heart High School.
St Patrick Hospital posted on their Facebook page that they are "on alert at this time." The statement says, "security is watching all hospital access points and [are] prepared for lockdown if need be."
MISSOULA - Law enforcement officials have taken up posts throughout neighborhoods near the University of Montana as they continue to look for suspects in Thursday morning's pair of armed robberies on East Broadway.
UM has sent out a new text alert: "Classes cancelled stay in place behind a locked door until further all clear message." Students were previously alerted to "Shelter in place. Lock your doors. Stay inside."
Director of University Center Liz Roosa Millar has also confirmed that classes are canceled, and the students are locked in the building until further notice.
Several Missoula schools are also now "locked in" as the search continues. Students are being kept inside, according to a MCPS spokesperson.
The following schools are impacted: Hellgate High School, Sentinel High School, Washington Middle School, Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Rattlesnake Elementary School and Paxson Elementary School.
Hatton Littman, MCPS Communication Director, said all students will remain inside until notified by law enforcement. High school students will also remain inside for the lunch hour. The doors at the Sixth Street MCPS Administration Building are also locked.
Littman said staff will be posted at all doors. School resource officers are getting updates from law enforcement. She added that an email alert was sent to parents about the lock-in.
University of Montana classes canceled. Students are told to stay in buildings behind locked doors until further. UM also asks that students do not come to campus.
MISSOULA - Police with assault rifles swarmed the area on East Broadway near Van Buren Street in Missoula after a pair of armed robberies were reported within minutes of each other.
The Motel 6 and the Taco Bell - both on East Broadway - were apparently robbed at around 9:30 a.m. Police set up a perimeter in the area of East Broadway and Van Buren Street.
Authorities have not released any information on possible suspects in the robberies, but they said they have found a silver Nissan passenger car by the King Fisher Fly Shop that might be related to the incidents.
Several Missoula public and Catholic schools are now being placed on lockdown as the search continues.
An email and text alert was sent out to University of Montana students alerting them of the situation. The text alert states, "Shelter in place. Lock your doors. Stay inside."
Check back for updates on this developing story.