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Alhambra school put on lockdown after 'suspicious' man with visible guns seen at bank

The principal of Alhambra Primary School said the school was put on a soft lockdown for a couple hours Friday morning after a man was seen at National Bank of Alhambra with several visible firearms.

Madison County Sheriff's Department responded to the bank just after 9 a.m. Friday in response to a man acting suspiciously, armed with several partially concealed firearms, according to a news release. The man came into the bank, then left. He did not demand any money or make threats toward anyone.

An investigation identified the man as Dane Whitworth, 32, of Alhambra, according to the release. He was arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery, unlawful use of weapons and aggravated unlawful use of weapons. His bail was set at $100,000, and he was in custody at the Madison County Jail.

The school's principal, Cindy Tolbert, deferred other questions to the Assistant Superintendent Derek Hacke. She reported at 11:45 a.m., about two hours after the lockdown, that it was lifted. A later email to parents at about 2:15 p.m. Friday said the district "has received notice that the suspect is in custody" and the school would dismiss normally.

Schools will handle a “soft lockdown” differently depending on the situation, their students and the campus.

Generally, during a soft lockdown, students and teachers can move around inside the school, but they don’t go outside.

Misty Borrowman, president and CEO of the bank, said everyone at the bank was fine.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND