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Aug 16, 2010 4:54 PM by Kate Mundy

Active Search for Suspect Called off in Cade

Officials searched for over five hours in the St. Martin Parish town of Cade for a suspected robber.

The manhunt got underway mid-morning along Captain Cade Road and Highway 182. It forced the lock-down of a local school. A neighbor actually saw the suspect run from the scene into sugar cane fields. Nearby fields is where the search was mainly concentrated.

Three agencies teamed together--both St. Martin and Iberia Sheriff's Offices, as well as State Troopers. Law enforcement searched by foot and a helicopter combed over the field for hours

The Episcopal School of Acadiana is right across the street. The head master says the school went into an immediate lock down and stayed that way until the end of the school day.

"The stakes are pretty high in this situation, the kids were great, the faculty was responsive," Headmaster Charles Skipper, said. "I mean literally the campus was locked down and accounted for in a matter of minutes."

Officials are no longer looking for the suspect in the fields , but they say the search is still ongoing. Law enforcement believe he exited out of the fields, so residents need to be on the look-out.

Ginny Higgins from the St. Mary Sheriff's Department said, "people just need to be diligent--aware of whose in the neighborhood especially people that have never been there before. If you notice suspicious cars and just watch out for one another."

The suspect is described as black, around 6 feet tall and about 160 pounds. St. Mary Sheriff's Department says to call their office if you spot the suspect

The active manhunt is over in St. Martin Parish for a burglary suspect. At its height, it caused ESA to be placed on lockdown and brought out a helicopter and deputies from Iberia and St. Martin Parishes. State Police also assisted.

The lockdown was canceled and St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office escorted ESA students to cars and buses Monday afternoon.

The suspect allegedly burglarized two homes along the 1000 block of Captain Cade Road.

Authorities say a neighbor saw the suspect and gave a description to deputies. Law enforcement saw the man and a chase ensued into a cane field.

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From Earlier:

Episcopal School of Acadiana, Cade Campus has been advised by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Department that officials are pursuing a suspect from a residential burglary. The Sheriff's Department is not sure, but doesn't believe that the suspect is armed. All students and teachers have been under lock-down in the classrooms since 11:45am.

The schools asks that parents not attempt to drive to campus to pick up their child, and refrain from calling.

Families will be notified of updates through email.

St. Martin Sheriff spokesperson Ginny Higgins tells KATC they're looking for a black male, 5' 10", mid 20s, last seen wearing navy shorts, navy shirt. The suspect was last seen southwest of Capt. Cade Road and LA-182.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is assisting.

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