Lockdown on Idalou schools lifted; assault suspect in custody - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lockdown on Idalou schools lifted; assault suspect in custody

Daren Jackson, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Daren Jackson, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

By Tiffany Pelt - email

IDALOU, TX (KCBD) - A man wanted by Lubbock County authorities is now behind bars after he led officers on a manhunt in Idalou Thursday morning. Idalou schools went on lockdown for two hours while law enforcement set up perimeters around the town to catch the man.

Idalou Police were trying to make a routine traffic stop around 10 a.m. when it turned into a short police chase, then a community wide manhunt for 29-year-old Daren Jackson, who refused to stop for police. The two-block chase ended at Jackson's home.

"He blew through the stop sign to try to get in the driveway. By the time we got behind him, he was already half way between his car and his house. He ran and jumped the back fence," said Steven Perez, the Idalou Police Officer who initiated the stop.    

Police say Jackson had outstanding domestic abuse warrants, had drug paraphernalia in his vehicle and also say he is a known Crypt gang member.

Idalou Police advised the schools to go on lock down and called in for back up. Lubbock's DPS helicopter circled above and more than 15 units from Lubbock's DPS and Sheriff's Office helped Idalou Police search on ground. "We didn't know who we were dealing with. These kids break for lunch or outside at recess, and we could've had a kid picked up by him and that is the last thing we need is a hostage or something," said Perez.

Right before Noon, Jackson was spotted. "We saw him run right behind my shop," said Jackson's neighbor Julian Lopez. "He ran toward his house, jumped the fence, and went towards his house. That's when I called 911."

Units quickly responded and the manhunt finally ended. "My partner kept the front and I kept the back. He was in a back room, and he kicked out the back screen. That's when I got him at gun point and took him into custody with the help of deputies," said Perez.

Jackson is at the Lubbock County Jail, and in addition to his outstanding warrants he now faces felony charges of evading arrest and failure to identify himself as a fugitive.

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