Christopher R. McLean, 31, of Brattleboro, VT
On 2/19/15 at around 1:00pm a resident of Oak Grove Avenue called to report a burglary in progress of his residence. The complainant reported that the suspect had fled his house and provided a description of him.
Several officers arrived within minutes and began to search the area for the suspect. Police received information that the suspect had entered the Oak Grove School, which is about a quarter mile away from the location of the burglary.
WSESU schools are on vacation this week, but the YMCA-Apire program is still taking place at Oak Grove School and there were about 27 elementary school aged children there. Brattleboro police notified school staff what was occurring and they implemented their lock-down procedures.
Additional police resources responded and secured a perimeter around the school. Officers began a tactical search of the school and located the above subject hiding in a woman's bathroom. He was arrested without incident.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing. However, police have learned that the above subject has a young child who attends the Aspire program. As a result, he was allowed access to the school by a staff member. As soon as staff were notified of the incident the children were segregated into a secure class room.
The suspect had direct contact with his child only. For a brief period he was present in a room with other children. No children were in danger, injured, or witnessed any violent events during this incident. Children did not witness the arrest. No weapons were reported to be involved in this incident and no weapons were located.
Approximately 16 police officers responded to the scene. The Vermont State Police and Vermont DMV enforcement assisted.
As of this release Mclean is in police custody, but arraignment and bail information has not been determined.