An investigation into an armed robbery in Dundalk on Monday morning briefly alarmed parents of children who attend a nearby school, resulting in an officer responding to the school to brief the principal on what happened.
Sister Irene Pryle, principal of Our Lady of Hope St. Luke School, said the school was not affected and did not go into lockdown, as was rumored on social media.
Officers had responded to an alley between Kavanagh and Kentley roads off Church Road shortly after 7:30 a.m. for a report of an armed robbery, police said. A 19-year-old man told police he was walking along Church Road when he saw a man following him, police said.
The man walked into a nearby alley, where the man following him then struck him across the head with a revolver, kicked him and stole cash, the man told police. The man then called his father. The father said he found his son in the alley "with his belongings on the ground," police said.
The man was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, despite having no visible injuries, police said.
Pryle said she called police to inquire about the robbery and ask why she hadn't been notified after a concerned parent called to alert her of the crime. The school is on nearby North Boundary Road.
Pryle said an officer responded to the school and spoke to her about the incident, but said the school was not in danger and did not have to take special precautions. The school continued on a regular schedule, Pryle said.
"Our doors are always locked and you have to be buzzed in," Pryle said Monday morning. "But we are not on lockdown."
The incident remains under investigation, police said.
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