Search for Burglar Disrupts Pasadena School Dismissal

The suspect was seen behind the school during dismissal.

A police manhunt for a suspect in an attempted burglary kept students at Lake Shore Elementary inside during the school's dismissal Thursday.

Anne Arundel County police said they were were searching for a suspect in the 8400 block of Alvin Road in Pasadena, where a caller had indicated a man was seen trying to break into a neighbor’s home, according to a police statement.

Officers swarmed the area in an attempt to set up a perimeter and locate the suspect. Administrators at Lake Shore Elementary, located about a half-mile from the original incident, elected to keep students inside the building, which disrupted normal dismissal, police said. 

Students began being dismissed six minutes after their normal schedule. But 10 minutes later, at 2:36 p.m., the suspect was spotted behind the school, and a police officer began chasing him on foot. Several police officers, K-9 units and a helicopter responded to assist the search.

Once it became clear the suspect was no longer in the area, student dismissal continued.

About an hour later, the suspect was apprehended without incident, according to police. Jason Thomas Donaldson, 27, of the 1000 block of Severn Pine Way in Severn, was arrested and has pending burglary-related charges.


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