Bizarre break-in at elementary Friday morning

  A 23-year-old Thorndale man has been charged after a bizarre break-in at the cafetorium of Rockdale Elemenary School before classes began Friday morning.

   Bond on Aron Gonzales was set at $2,300

  Police told The Reporter a suspect was taken into custody while hiding in the school, shattered glass to gain access to the cafetorium. "He told us he believed he was being chased from his motel room about a block away," Lt. J D. Newlin said

  Ofc. Steven Cooper, DPS Cpl. David Yarbrough and Constable Herbie Vaughan located the man in the school and made the arrest.

  Police said the man told them he "escaped" out a back window of his room at the Budget Inn on West Cameron Avenue (US 79) and fled down Bowser Street to the school campus at about 6:30 a.m.

  He was taken to Richards Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries received during the break-in. Police said blood was observed at the scene.

  Gonzales was charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief ($50 to $500).

  Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said students were served breakfast in the school gym while the cafetorium was cleaned up. She said students "were never in any danger" and classes continued as usual.

  Police agreed, noting that students never came in contact with the subject or the damage in the cafetorium.


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