Butler campus locked down after nearby armed robbery

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The Butler University campus was on lockdown Sunday after the armed robbery of a nearby pharmacy.

Two men robbed the CVS Store at 119 West 56th Street at 11:30 a.m.

Minutes later the men were spotted in a black Ford Mustang in the 4500 block of Clarendon Road near Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The fled on foot from the vehicle and one was captured by a Butler police officer.

“Incident did not start on campus,” read a social media alert sent out by university authorities to the campus. “BUPD has one in custody. We are still assisting IMPD.”

“Please stay inside,” read another message to the students. “Still searching. We will search every building on campus to ensure safety.”

Within a couple hours the lockdown was lifted.

“We parked at the library parking lot just to wait until the lockdown was lifted so we could visit our daughter because we’re here for parents weekend,” said Gary Ooley. “I think she knows she’s afe here. She’s in her room. The outside doors are locked and her room door is locked. She can’t go anywhere and no one can get to her either.

“It makes us feel safer.”

Ryan Eller was one of those students locked behind closed doors during the search for the second robber.

“Got tons of e-mails, texts, calls from the university saying there was an armed subject on campus,” said Eller. “BUPD does a great job as does the IMPD. Afterward they came around and checked all the buildings so we feel pretty safe.”

Inside the suspects’ black Ford Mustang police found evidence of a gun and a disguise.

On the pavement next to the car were several scattered pills taken from the store.

On Halloween morning last week two armed men robbed a CVS pharmacy in Mooresville of several thousand dollars worth of drugs.

At the time, Mooresville police said they were checking reports of similar robberies from Plainfield to Greenfield.

Dallas Beard, 38, was arrested by Butler police Sunday morning.

He is charged with robbery, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and possession of marijuana.

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