5:24 p.m. Wednesday -- News release from Burbank PD. Police investigation continues on 5700 block of 83rd Place:
"Chicago Police were pursuing a vehicle from an incident that took place in
the City of Chicago. Chicago lost sight of the vehicle and shortly after
that incident and Burbank Police received a call of a suspicious vehicle at
1:55 PM in the 5700 block of 83rd Place. The caller indicates that three
subjects described two male blacks and one female black running from the
vehicle. Burbank Police responded to the area and set a perimeter and began
searching the area. One subject was located and turned over to Chicago
Police in the area of 87th Street and Central. Burbank and assisting units
from several other departments including county Air Support conducted an
extensive search of the area for the remaining two subjects.
Burbank Schools were placed on lock down as a precautionary measure and
officers were placed at the two nearest schools (Luther Burbank School and
Liberty Jr. High). The students were subsequently released when the areas
near the schools was deemed safe. We still have officers saturating the
area at this time."
5:22 p.m. Wednesday – Chicago Police are still gathering information about a police chase that started on the city Southwest Side and ended up in Burbank around 83rd Street and Central Avenue at approximately 2 p.m. that put public and parochial schools on soft lockdown.
Reavis High School Principal Dan Riordan told Patch that he received a call this afternoon from Burbank Police after Dist. 111 and parochial elementary schools were placed on lockdown shortly before afternoon dismal at 2:15 p.m.
The high school was not in session on Wednesday due to parent-teacher conferences.
Riordan said he was told that Chicago Police chased two males and one female from the city’s Southwest Side into Burbank. The two males ditched their car around 83rd Street and Central Avenue.
Riordan said that the males were suspected gang members according to police.
Some Burbank residents received an Everbridge emergency alert automated call and/or text, advising residents to lock their doors and remain inside.
Students from the parochial and elementary schools were being released to parents.
Calls to Burbank Police were not immediately returned.
Chicago Police News Affairs said they were still gathering information.
Patch is receiving reports from concerned parents received automated messages that Dist. 111 schools were placed on soft lockdown shortly before school dismissed around 2:15 p.m.
This police text alert was sent out to residents, per The Burbank Beat Facebook page.
"BURBANK POLICE IS INVESTIGATING A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE IN THE AREA OF 5700 BLOCK OF 83RD PL MULTIPLE AGENCIES ARE ASSISTING BURBANK WITH THE SEARCH. BURBANK IS REQUESTING RESIDENTS TO STAY INSIDE AND LOCK THEIR DOORS AND REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY OR SUBJECTS IN THE AREA TO THE BURBANK POLICE DEPT."
Residents are urged to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.