MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Quick thinking by a high school administrator helped police capture a man who turned out to be a suspect in a Southern Oregon bank robbery.
Students first alerted school officials at Crater High School in Central Point that a disoriented man was wandering on campus athletic fields. He fled when a school resource officer tried to detain him.
Athletic Director David Heard spotted him heading toward Scenic Middle School. Heard tells the Medford Mail Tribune that he began talking to the man, who said he was struggling with mental health issues. Heard says he kept a dialogue going and redirected the man away from the campuses until police arrived and arrested him.
School officials later learned that the man was suspected of robbing a Grants Pass bank and fleeing in a taxi.