The Trumansburg Central School District has informed parents that schools will be “following lockout procedures” on Wednesday morning as police agencies continue a search for a man who escaped custody on Tuesday night.
A school district official adds that in “lockout” response, classroom instruction continues as normal, but outdoor activities are terminated. In a “lockdown” response, classrooms would be locked and students moved out of sight of the door.
Authorities say Andrew Jacobsen escaped police custody on Tuesday evening, setting off a manhunt that included Trumansburg Police assisted by Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department deputies, Ithaca Police Department officers, New York State Police, New York State Park Police, and NYS DEC Police. K-9 teams and police helicopters were brought to the area to assist with the search.
Trumansburg Police Chief Tom Ferretti says Jacobsen, a 32-year-old 6’2″ white male, is non-violent. He faces a felony grand larceny charge. Tompkins County Sheriff officials add that he is muscular, with dark hair and a full beard, and wearing a gray shirt and khaki shorts.
“By all reports he is non-violent and does not pose a threat, but the District will be following lock out procedures as a precaution until we receive confirmation of Mr. Jacobsen’s capture,” according to the school district. A Trumansburg resident who commented on the condition of anonymity said the escaped man is a former Trumansburg police officer with military training.
Initially, Tuesday night’s search was in the southeast corner of the Village of Trumansburg, near the Shur-Save supermarket and Trumansburg Fairground, but the suspect “was seen running towards the school track” at about 9:30pm.
Jacobsen, who is familiar with the area, reportedly “was in police custody but slipped the handcuffs.” Trumansburg Police Department officials have not responded to requests for comment.