UPDATE: Dixon Police arrest man connected to school lockdown

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DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Jan. 17, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

Dixon Police have arrested a man wanted as Washington Elementary School went into a soft lockdown Thursday afternoon.

Arius Jafar Malone-Ball, 20, faces several felony charges, including unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance within 500 feet of a school, unlawful possession of cocaine and resisting a police officer.

Officers responded to a call for a disturbance in the 800 block of East Graham Street. Police attempted to stop a car that took off in the area.

Malone Ball allegedly exited the car while it was still in motion. Police found him in a garage in the 600 block of East Morgan Street after a short pursuit.

Police called for the lockdown because of the location of the pursuit. No one was hurt, and the lockdown was lifted within a half hour.

Police say Malone Ball had two outstanding warrants. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty by the court of law.

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Updated: Jan. 17, 2019, 1:20 p.m.

The Dixon Police Department says a soft lockdown at Washington Elementary School has been called off.

Police say the suspect has been taken into custody at a nearby residence without incident.


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Published: Jan. 17, 2019, 12: 55 p.m.

The Dixon Police Department has asked Washington Elementary School to apply a soft lockdown.

Police say no children are at risk. Police are trying to find a suspect running away in a nearby neighborhood.

We will continue to update as more information becomes available.