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Sandy High put on lockdown after fugitive pursuit

Marco Martinez-Menchaca still at large

In response to police activity near the campus, Sandy High School went into lockdown Tuesday from about 2 to 2:25 p.m. Once the police activity concluded, students were released at their regular dismissal time.

Sandy Police said that an officer was driving his patrol car when he saw Marco Martinez-Menchaca, 28, of Sandy, who is currently wanted on a parole violation related to an original charge of heroin possession. Seeing the officer, Martinez-Menchaca ran north on Dubarko Road and crossed over Highway 26.

Because of his proximity to the high school, a lockdown response was judged to be the right protocol, even though police didn’t think Martinez-Menchaca would enter the school or considered him to be a threat, said Sandy Police Chief Kim Yamashita.

“It was more of a precaution,” she said.

Martinez-Menchaca was not apprehended in the pursuit, and is still a wanted subject, Yamashita said.