UPDATE: BGM schools went on lock down as precautionary measure while sheriff's office searched for suspect in Brooklyn area
By DANN HAYES
A Chelsea man was arrested in Brooklyn after he reportedly broke into a residence, prompting the BGM school district and several area businesses to go into lock down mode on Tuesday morning, May 21.
Poweshiek County Sheriff's deputies arrested Slayne Matthew Rayman, 22, Chelsea, after a foot pursuit through the area.
According to Tom Kriegel, Poweshiek County Sheriff, deputies were dispatched to 904 Mills Street, Brooklyn, at approximately 5:20 a.m., after a report of a male subject who had forced his way into the residence and was thought to be in possession of a fire arm.
Rayman had left the home and was spotted driving shortly after the deputies had arrived.
According to Kriegel, Rayman crashed his vehicle after a short pursuit and fled on foot.
The BGM school district and several businesses went into a lock down mode for about two hours during the chase.
According to Brad Hohensee, superintendent at BGM schools, the lock down was only a precautionary measure, taken around 6 a.m. and cleared at about 8 a.m.
“The Poweshiek County Sheriff's department contacted us and told us they were chasing a suspect on foot,” he said. “Because of the close proximity to the school, the sheriff suggested that we go into lock down.
“We were erring on the side of precaution,” Hohensee said.
According to Hohensee, the students were not in the building when the lock down
Rayman was finally located at 9 a.m. in the 400 block of E. 2nd St., and taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.
He is charged with trespass, driving while barred, interference with official acts, harassment of a police dog, miscellaneous traffic offenses and an outstanding arrest warrant for serious assault.
During the course of the investigation, Kriegel said that Jeffery Clair Roberts, 52, Brooklyn, was also taken into custody on outstanding warrants from Poweshiek and Iowa counties.
Rayman and Roberts were being held in the Poweshiek County jail pending an initial appearance.
Officers from the Iowa State Patrol and Iowa County Sheriff's Office responded to the area and assisted in the search.
BGM lock down
In a lock down scenario at BGM when staff and students are present, once in the building the students are to go to a room and the class room doors are kept locked.
“Students are only out of the rooms during passing time,” Hohensee said.
During the lock down all doors are locked and students and staff are let in by staff or an administrator.
“The BGM school district takes the safety of our students and staff very seriously and have been working on revising our emergency plans and attending training for these situations,” he said. “It is our intention to provide as safe an environment as we can for our students.”
According to Hohensee, the incident will be discussed among staff.
“This provided for a new set of issues for staff to deal with,” he said. “This incident will be reviewed and with the help of the local law enforcement, a plan for this type of situation will be made as well.”