School on lock down as police search for suspect

A search for a burglary suspect by the Madison Police and United States Marshals caused a Madison school to be in lock-down mode Monday afternoon.

Law enforcement officers were searching for a suspect at Waverly Place Apartments on Old Madison Pike  around 1 p.m. Teachers and students at nearby

Horizon Elementary School were told the school was under a “code red” situation. The school was locked down and students were placed in the back of the classrooms with the lights off.

Horizon principal Rodney K. Richardson said the lock-down was a precautionary measure in response to the law enforcement officers’ search for the suspect.

Madison Police arrested 18-year-old Jarius Devontaye Oneal, of Harvest, for Attempting to Elude, Burglary 3rd, and Theft of Property 2nd.  He was arrested at

Waverly Place Apartments after fleeing on foot from Limestone County deputies and members of the U.S. Marshals service who were seeking him on an unrelated investigation. Police say Oneal was linked to a burglary that occurred on Highland Drive Monday morning.

Oneal is in the Madison County jail with a total bond of $30,643.