FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A man was taken into custody Wednesday morning after police said he was following young girls who were on their way to William Dandy Middle School in Fort Lauderdale. The school was also placed on a Code Red lockdown after the suspect ran from police.
Jarell Antan Mackey, 24, will face charges of trespassing on school grounds, resisting arrest, and two outstanding warrants, investigators say.
Fort Lauderdale police Detective Ali Adamson said officers responded to the area of 2400 NW 26th St. and attempted to speak with Mackey, but he fled.
Police located him a short time later in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and Oakland Forest Drive and took him into custody.
Adamson said investigators found that Mackey “was acting suspiciously walking behind several young girls this morning before school.”
Parents said they were concerned about the alarming incident. “This is dangerous. This is a sad story. They just got to be careful,” parent Junior Colacin said.