Midland Elementary School Put on Lockdown After Man Doing Supervised Community Service Escaped

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A scary situation for some elementary students in Midland on Friday.

Lamar Elementary was put on lockdown after a man who was doing supervised community service escaped.

We're told 20-year-old Derrick Landers ran off from deputies while doing work at Kingsway Mall off Illinois and Midkiff.

While they were searching for him, the school was put on lockdown as a precaution.

The Midland County Sheriff's Office told NewsWest 9, Landers was not an inmate and not considered at violent offender.

We're told he sent officers on a wild goose chase calling in and saying he was in Odessa and wanted to turn himself in.

He was actually found at the Hastings in Midland.

He was arrested and is charged with felony escape but more charges may be filed.