Moline police are looking for a male suspect who pulled a knife on an elderly woman outside her home and demanded money Friday morning, Sgt. Brian Johnson said.

The attempted armed robbery shortly after 10 a.m. occurred in the 1700 block of 53rd Street and caused three local schools to go on partial lockdown for about 40 minutes.

Police were notified of the robbery at 10:07 a.m. The victim said she had just arrived home when she was approached by a man armed with a knife who demanded money, Johnson said.

The victim was able to get away from the suspect uninjured and went inside her home to call for assistance, Johnson said. The man fled the area on foot.

The man wore a mask and a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled over the top of his head, Johnson said. He’s described as black, 20 to 25 years old, 6-foot, 2-inches tall and with a thin build.

Wilson Middle School and Franklin and Washington elementary schools went on partial lockdown from 10:20 a.m. to 11 a.m., Superintendent David Moyer said.

“We kept the children inside the school,” he said. “That was our decision as a precaution. No one was in any immediate danger. There was an armed robbery in the neighborhood of one of the schools, and we wanted to ensure our children would be safe.”

A Skylert — a message system that gives parents school information by phone — was immediately sent to all parents of students at the three schools.

The Moline Police Department asks that anyone with information related to the investigation contact the Moline Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.


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3 Moline schools locked down after armed robbery

Brian Wellner at 12:20 p.m.

Three Moline schools were partially locked down Friday morning after police reported an armed robbery in the 1700 block of 53rd Street this morning, Superintendent David Moyer said.

Moline police called Moline school officials at 10:15 a.m. to report the robbery, and the partial lockdown of Wilson Middle School and Franklin and Washington elementary schools went into effect at 10:20 a.m., Moyer said.

“We kept the children inside the school,” he said. “That was our decision as a precaution. No one was in any immediate danger. There was an armed robbery in the neighborhood of one of the schools, and we wanted to ensure our children would be safe.”

A Skylert — a message system that gives parents school information by phone — was immediately sent to all parents of students at the three schools.

The partial lockdown was lifted at 11 a.m.

Details about the reported armed robbery weren’t immediately available.

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