Wednesday morning phone calls to 911 and a bank robbery led to schools being locked down and Douglas police being on alert.
Douglas Police Chief Gary Casteloes confirms to FOX 31 that a 911 caller threatened to shoot up a school and the hospital, then called back threatening to blow one of them up. This occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m.
Coffee County School System then went into a soft lockdown while Douglas police mobilized incase the calls were a decoy.
Shortly before 10 a.m., a robbery attempt was made at the Wells Fargo bank on South Peterson Avenue.
While officers were securing the perimeter, the suspect fled from the bank and drove off. Officers followed the vehicle, which blew a tire on the north edge of Douglas at the intersection of Madison Avenue and McDeil Drive.
The man attempted to escape towards Pilgrim's Pride and after a footchase, he was caught.
He has been identified as Nevada Powell.
Casteloes adds the a suspicious package was left at the bank and that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to help.
The Coffee County School System announced via Facebook that the lockdown was lifted shortly after 11 a.m.
Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as the story develops and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 p.m.