Arrest made after armed man seen near NM school

Posted at: 09/20/2013 8:36 AM
Updated at: 09/20/2013 8:52 AM
By: The Associated Press





CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Clovis police arrested a man and recovered guns stolen from a home after people reported seeing a man carrying a semi-automatic rifle while running near a middle school.
    
According to the Clovis News Journal, that school and a nearby elementary school were placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes during the incident Thursday.
    
Police say 23-year-old Andrew J. Chavez Jr. of Clovis was arrested without incident when officers found him hiding in bushes.
    
A rifle and a handgun were found outside an apartment complex where police believe they were dumped.
    
Police Capt. Patrick Whitney says the items were from a home across the street from one of the schools.
    
Whitney says warrants accused Chavez of assaulting a police officer and absconding from the state probation and parole department.

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