A suspect threatened a man at knifepoint after entering a house, proceeded to threaten another man at a nearby apartment and is suspected of setting fire to a structure near the house, according to a …
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A suspect threatened a man at knifepoint after entering a house, proceeded to threaten another man at a nearby apartment and is suspected of setting fire to a structure near the house, according to a news release from Englewood police.
Gerrick Wood, 26, turned himself in Sept. 22 and was jailed on suspicion of first-degree burglary, first-degree arson, aggravated robbery and other charges, police said in another release.
Bishop Elementary School at 3100 S. Elati St. was put on lockout status as a precaution shortly after police arrived on scene a few blocks north around 10 a.m. Sept. 21, said Investigator Scot Allen, spokesman for Englewood police.
The lockout — during which everyone is brought inside and the doors are locked, but business inside the school continues as usual, unlike in a lockdown — lasted a few hours, Allen said.
Police responded to a home in the 2900 block of South Fox Street after the male occupant and another resident fled following the threat by the suspect, the release said. The suspect left the house out of sight of the residents and, moments later, got into a confrontation with another man in an apartment complex down the block at 501 W. Bates Ave. and threatened that man at knifepoint as well, the release said.
The suspect did not steal from the home, but he attempted to steal a bicycle from one of the two threat victims, Allen said.
The suspect, described as a white male in his 20s, about 5-foot-5, wearing a black shirt and camouflage pants, left the scene and was not initially located. He did not know either of the victims, Allen said.
No one was injured in the incidents, and the building damaged by the fire was unoccupied, the release said.
Englewood police thanked Englewood residents for their use of Nextdoor, a social-media website for people who live in a common area, in sharing information that assisted in the investigation.
"The Englewood Police Department is thankful for our partnership with our community," police said in a release.
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