OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – A robbery suspect trying to escape police ran into a Catholic school Thursday, forcing about 140 children to flee.
The suspect crashed a truck into a house as he fled from authorities, then ran inside Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Miami suburb of Opa-locka. A second suspect was captured outside the school.
Both suspects were arrested, and no children were hurt, police spokesman Frank Gonzalez said.
Miami television station WFOR showed footage of small children running from the school. A woman rushed out carrying two children, followed by another woman with two more youngsters. A group of older children were later seen running from the school to another building.
Iris Santos, a secretary at the church, had learned from police that a person with a gun was in the preschool.
"They say to lock the door and stay inside," she said before the last suspect was captured.