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UPDATED: Lockdown at high school lifted as Kent police search for wanted man

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 18, 2012 at 7:41 am |
May 18, 2012 12:35 pm

UPDATED at 12:35 p.m.

Law enforcement officers throughout south King County are searching for a 26-year-old man who eluded them twice Friday morning.

Kent police say Blake Bellecourt, a convicted felon, has three warrants for his arrest. The search for him prompted an overnight SWAT standoff and, later, a lockdown at Thomas Jefferson High School.

Kent police had gotten a warrant for Bellecourt’s arrest and believed he was at a West Auburn home in the 4800 block of South 288th Street.

Officers conducting surveillance spotted Bellecourt outside the home about 6 p.m. Thursday. Police officers surrounded the house.

Several people eventually came out of the house but not Bellecourt, police said.

A SWAT team responded to the scene during the standoff. They entered the home just after 4 a.m. Friday but didn’t find Bellecourt inside.

Witnesses reported seeing Bellecourt leave the property shortly after 6 a.m. and called police back to the area. Officers searched the neighborhoods and local business areas.

The search prompted a short lockdown of Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way.

Officers were not able to find Bellecourt and scaled back their search at 8 a.m.

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