8 Jefferson County schools placed on lockout; search for suspect unsuccessful

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A handful of schools in Jefferson County were placed on lockout on Wednesday afternoon as sheriff’s deputies looked for a suspect.

The suspect, described as an adult male who is wanted for internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child, was being sought near West Chatfield Avenue and South Pierce Street.

He was identified as 32-year-old Michael Simms by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

He’s described as being 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds with dark skin. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.

The sheriff’s office said it was unable to find Simms. Anyone who sees him or knows his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Eight schools in the area were placed on lockout: Blue Heron, Columbine Hills, Coronado, Dutch Creek, Leawood and Normandy elementary schools; Ken Caryl Middle School; and Columbine High School.

The schools remained on lockout until students were released at their normal times. After-school activities will go on as scheduled.

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