Local school briefly in 'stay put' mode as escaped inmate arrested

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Published: Oct. 12, 2018 at 3:18 PM AKDT
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An escaped halfway house inmate was the cause of a local school going into ‘stay put’ mode Friday morning. The inmate is now back in police custody.

Thursday afternoon police had asked for help finding 33-year-old Kyle Andrews who had walked away from the Cordova Center. Just before 11:00 Friday morning, police were called to the area of Dowling Road and Lake Otis Parkway for a suspicious person acting erratically.

Andrews, found to be the subject of the suspicious person call, was found near the roundabouts at Dowling and the Seward Highway. He ran into a construction zone, got into a construction vehicle, and fled the scene.

Officers chased him and blocked the car in with patrol cars near 64th Avenue and Ashwood Street, near Polaris K-12 School. The school was put into stay-put mode.

Andrews then drove the vehicle into a shallow marsh, and kept ignoring officers’ commands. After being tased, Andrews was arrested on his current warrant for Escape, and is additionally charged with Vehicle Theft, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Police believe Andrews was intoxicated.

The school was off of stay-put mode before 1:00 p.m., a spokesperson for the district said.