UPDATE: Robbery suspect found after Bethel Manor ES placed on modified lockdown

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Ezrau Ledema. (Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office)
Ezau Ledema. (Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

Update 4:20 p.m.:

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has arrested Ezau Ledezma in connection with two robberies, one on Jan. 28 and one Friday afternoon.

A sheriff’s office deputy apprehended Ledezma in Newport News before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Dennis Ivey said in a Facebook live video.

The man is now in custody of police.

“We’re relieved and very proud of our deputy,” Ivey said in the video.

Ledezma was spotted earlier at a business in the 4300 block of George Washington Memorial Highway after he robbed an acquaintance, taking cash and fleeing, Ivey said.

Nearby Bethel Manor Elementary School was put on lockdown while police searched for the man.

“Do we think anyone was really in danger at the school? No. But again, our partnership with the school in keeping your kids safe is paramount to us,” Ivey said.

 

Suspect is off the street

Original story:

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is actively looking for a fugitive robbery suspect.

The suspect, Ezau Ledezma, was last seen running behind a gas station in the 4300 block of Route 17 just before 2 p.m. Friday, according to a press release from the YPSO. Police say he most likely left that area.

Bethel Manor Elementary School, 1797 First St., was placed under a modified lockdown as a precaution, but that was lifted around 3:15 p.m.

“We have no reason to believe he is in the vicinity of the school, but we’re not going to take any chances,” said YPSO Public Information Officer Lt. Dennis Ivey.

Police also said there are no reports the man is armed.

Ledezma is wanted for a robbery in January. According to Ivey, Ledezma was in a vehicle with a woman he knew when they began arguing. The vehicle then stopped in the 110 block of the Colonial Parkway, near West Queens Drive, and Ledezma stole the woman’s phone.

He then ran from the vehicle.

The YPSO urges anyone with information about Ledezma’s whereabouts to contact them at 757-890-4999, or call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

UPDATE: Robbery suspect found after Bethel Manor ES placed on modified lockdown