Law enforcement personnel with the Napavine Police department and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office were searching for a “possibly armed and dangerous” male subject in the Napavine area on Monday afternoon.
The subject, described as “a Black male, younger, skinny build, last seen wearing light blue sweatshirt and light gray pants,” is associated with an armed robbery reported out of Seattle.
“If you see this man, do not approach. Call 911 immediately,” law enforcement personnel stated in a citizen alert on Monday.
The subject was first seen in the Napavine area at approximately 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, in a stolen vehicle in the 1200 block of Rush Road, according to the Napavine Police Department. Officers pursued the stolen vehicle at the time but were unable to locate him and the search continued Monday.
The Napavine School District went into lockdown on Monday while the search for the subject continued.
The lockdown was a “precautionary action” due to reports that the subject was possibly armed, according to a Napavine School District staff member. No threats have been made against the schools and no incidents inside the school buildings were reported.
Officers with the Napavine Police Department were still searching the downtown Napavine area as of 1:45 p.m. on Monday. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has deployed drones to help search the area.
“Officers are out in the area with K9 units and request that if you have any dogs outside to please put them in your residence if you are able,” law enforcement personnel stated in a citizen alert.
This story will be updated at chronline.com once more information becomes available.