COLONIE— Five schools in the South Colonie Central School District went into lockout this morning after police received reports that a man might have been carrying a machete around the Sand Creek Road area.
Police received a call around 7:55 a.m. that a suspicious person near Sand Creek Road and Campagna Drive may have a machete stuck into the back of his pants, according to Lt. Robert Winn. The only descriptor given to police of the suspect was an older black male wearing black dress pants and a blue shirt, according to Winn. Upon arriving to the scene, police did not locate the subject in question.
Colonie Central High School, Sand Creek Middle School, Roessleville Elementary School, Forest Park Elementary School and Shaker Road Elementary School, went into lockout form 8:54 a.m., and the lockout was lifted at 9:50 a.m., said Winn. Around 10:35 a.m., an officer was able to identify the suspect and confirm that he had been holding an umbrella while waiting for the bus. Claims that there was a weapon on the suspect were proven to be false and unfounded.
The school day has resumed as normally scheduled.