Fugitives give elementary school carnival a scary turn

Fugitives give elementary school carnival a scary turn

Cameron Haeft, Neela Azizi, and Gabi Lemerand
eSomethin Staff

On Friday, Nov. 15, Toth Elementary School’s carnival was moved inside due to four car thief suspects on the loose in Perrysburg.

Resource Officer
Officer Cole, Photographer: Neela Azizi Edited By: Gabrielle Lemerand

The four were not from Perrysburg, or even from Ohio. The driver was from Riverdale, Illinois. They came here on the Ohio Turnpike.

“…We are at a [geographic] crossroads,” says PHS resource officer Greg Cole.

“We’ve got the Ohio Turnpike, we’ve got I-75, we’ve got US-23. They all meet in Perrysburg.” All of these major roads can lead to trouble in the ‘Burg, explained Cole.

A prior police chase of suspects exiting a freeway on Nov. 8 led to lockdowns at Woodland and Toth elementary schools as well as Perrysburg Junior High. The pursuit of a fugitive ended in the city. Five suspects face charges in relation to that incident.

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