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April 22, 2007


Eight Anne Arundel County public schools were locked down for several hours Wednesday after a man wanted on charges of attempted murder showed up at a high school in women's clothing and asked to see a female student, authorities said.

The man, thought by police to be Antonio Moore, 20, of Brooklyn Park, drew the suspicion of the resource officer stationed at North County High School in Ferndale, who left him to find the girl. The girl told him that she was not expecting a visitor. By the time the officer returned to the lobby, the man was gone.

The officer alerted police, and North County and four nearby elementary schools, two middle schools and an early education center - which have a combined enrollment of nearly 5,000 - were locked down, meaning that students and staff were instructed to stay in classrooms behind locked doors. Parents were told that they could not pick up their children.

Moore was arrested about 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Baltimore. Michael Francis, 21, the man Moore is accused of shooting and stuffing into the trunk of a stolen convertible April 14, is still missing. Police also have not found 18-year-old Sierra Anderson, Moore's girlfriend, who police say was in the passenger seat that night.


Did police and county school administrators handle the situation appropriately? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.

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