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Boulder high school evacuated as officers make arrests at nearby apartment

Boulder PD said they executed a warrant at an apartment in the area of 20th Street and Baseline Road, just outside the school.

BOULDER, Colo. — New Vista High School in Boulder was evacuated Thursday afternoon while police executed a warrant that resulted in the arrests of two people at an apartment near the campus.

The Boulder Valley School District said the Boulder Police Department alerted them that officers would be executing a warrant at the intersection of 20th Street and Baseline Road, on the front side of the campus. Police called for the school to be evacuated, the district said. 

"As a precautionary measure, we are in the process of evacuating students and relocating them to a reunification point away from the school," the district said in a tweet.

About 250 students were evacuated to the back side of the school, then taken by bus to a reunification point at the BVSD Education Center. The reunification process began around 3:30 p.m.

Police said that just before 9 a.m. Thursday, officers learned a fugitive who was wanted by the Department of Corrections was at an apartment at 20th Street and Baseline Road. 

"Because the individual had several warrants, additional fugitives were in the apartment and the safety threat to the community, Boulder Police activated its SWAT team," police said in a statement Thursday evening. "Additionally, officers learned the individuals had been armed on prior occasions and might have access to weapons. Because the individual has a history of eluding police, the decision was made to contain them inside the apartment for community safety."

Sammi Doan said she lives in the apartment complex where police served the warrant. Police told her and her daughter to evacuate for safety. 

"I heard this yelling outside and I saw the SWAT team," she said. "Full suit, full dress and they came in and kicked down the door to the building."

Police said after negotiations, they took two women and a man into custody without incident. The man was later released. 

Police said one of the women had warrants for kidnapping, robbery, and assault, as well as a warrant from the Department of Corrections. 

The other suspect had warrants for assault on a peace officer, eluding police, and multiple failures to appear in court, police said. 

The block of 20th Street that includes the school was closed while police executed the warrant.


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