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Suspect in custody; lockdown at Cape Coral schools lifted, police investigating bomb threat

School says students are safe in their classrooms
Cape Coral High School Lockdown
Posted at 8:51 AM, Feb 28, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-28 16:46:08-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla — The Cape Coral Police Department says a man wearing camouflage and carrying a backpack was walking near Cape Coral High School and threatened a student, saying he was going to blow up the school.

Cape Coral High School went on lockdown just after 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The Cape Coral Police Department said the man is being held on unrelated charges.

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12:46 PM update: The Cape Coral Police Department says a suspect is now in custody.

10:30 AM update: All lockdowns have been lifted. The school day will resume as normal.

10:10 AM update: The lockdown has been lifted at Pelican Elementary.

9:10 AM update: The Lee County School District says other schools are also on lockdown as a precaution, because of the police activity. They are Skyline and Patriot Elementary, Challenger Middle, and Heritage Charter Academy.

The Lee County School District says students are safely secured in their classrooms.

In a recording sent to Cape Coral High parents, the school said, "Police are searching off campus for a man who made a threat against our school."

A Fox 4 crew on the scene saw officers searching in bushes near Santa Barbara Blvd.

This is a developing story. We will report new details as soon as they're available.