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Police suspend manhunt that caused two Macon schools to go on lockdown

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A manhunt that caused a pair of Macon elementary schools to be put on lockdown for about two hours was suspended Thursday afternoon without the man being found.

The manhunt began early Thursday and caused a pair of local elementary schools to be put on lockdown as deputies searched for a suspect who was attempting to evade police.

Officials suspended the search for 27-year-old Telvin Smith around 3 p.m. Additional warrants will be taken out for his arrest, said LT. Sean DeFoe, Bibb County Sheriff’s office.

Stephanie Hartley, director of communications, Bibb County Board of Education said the lockdown lasted about two hours before they were given the all clear by the sheriff’s office.

She said that the precautionary lockdown allowed the students and teachers to continue on with their day inside the building as usual, but kept everyone from going outside in case the suspect happened to be coming through the neighborhood at the time.

Hartley also said school officials communicated this information to parents to keep them informed on the situation.

DeFoe said that Smith was arrested on a charge of violation of probation and escaped while being transported to the jail.

Sheriff David Davis said that Smith stepped through his handcuffs to bring them in front of his body and managed to escape the vehicle.

In the past, Smith has had family violence charges, drug related charges, firearm by a convicted felony charge and has been in the Bibb County Jail eight times on various charges, according to Davis.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, Smith was wearing a gray “tank top” shirt and black “meshed styled” shorts when he escaped. He is around 5 feet 7 inches and weighs approximately 160 lbs.

Telegraph writers Laura Corley and Joe Kovac Jr. contributed to this report

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