Lockdown Lifted at La Villa Schools Following Incident

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LA VILLA – La Villa Independent School District schools were placed on lockdown, which has since been lifted, early Friday morning after an incident at the East Hidalgo Detention Center.

The school district’s superintendent said the lockdown lasted for about an hour and a half. They received information about an occurrence at the detention center and the lockdown was initiated as a precaution.

The La Villa Police Department, East Hidalgo Detention Center and campus security all responded to the incident.  

Parents were notified via the district’s messaging system.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to the GEO Group Incorporated, the owner of the facility, for details about what occurred. They sent us the following statement:

On September 15th, a U.S. Marshals detainee attempted to escape from the East Hidalgo Detention Center. Facility staff responded promptly to the incident and local law enforcement was immediately notified. The detainee temporarily breached the perimeter and was apprehended by Facility staff shortly thereafter approximately 25 yards from the Center without incident.  The detainee was brought back to the Center where has is being treated for his injuries.

Arnie Amaro, the La Villa city administrator, said the city is prepared in case incidents like this happen. The residents are encouraged to check their website and Facebook page to receive updates.

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