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Police: Elementary school placed on lockdown after man assaults woman dropping off child

Christopher Filter (Courtesy VPRJ)
Christopher Filter (Courtesy VPRJ)

The first day of classes began in lockdown at one York County elementary school last Tuesday after a 32-year-old man assaulted a woman while she was dropping off a child, police say.

Christopher Filter, of Yorktown, is facing robbery and assault charges after police say he hit a woman and took her cellphone outside Mount Vernon Elementary School around 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 5.

The woman was dropping off a child at school, according to York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shelley Ward.

As a precaution, the school was placed on lockdown, Ward said.

The school’s staff implemented a “modified lockdown” while law enforcement investigated the incident, said York County School Division spokeswoman Katherine Goff.

The lockdown restricted access to and from the building while classes continued inside, she added.

“Law enforcement advised the school could resume normal operations within about 90 minutes,” Goff said.

According to Ward, Filter was not arrested at the scene, but was served a warrant Sept. 7 and arrested on charges of robbery and assault & battery.

Filter is scheduled to appear in the York County-Poquoson Circuit Court at 10:30 a.m. Thursday for a bond appeal.

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