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Police Search for Armed Man; Area Near Schools Cleared

Carlin Springs Elementary, Kenmore Middle have been 'secured.'

Update (1:08 p.m.): Police K-9 units have cleared the area around the schools, though the suspect remains at large, accoridng to police. The school day at Carlin Springs and Kenmore has returned to normal, according to Arlington Public Schools.

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Original story: Arlington County police are searching for an armed man near two schools.

The schools -- Carlin Springs Elementary and Kenmore Middle -- have not been locked down, but the front doors have been locked, Arlington Public Schools spokesman Frank Bellavia said.

"They're considered secured," police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said.

An armed robbery of a business occurred at about 12:05 p.m. in the 3100 block of South Manchester Street near the Arlington-Fairfax county line. Law enforcement from both counties are searching the perimeter, which includes Carlin Springs and Kenmore. The actual robbery was on the Fairfax County side of the line.

Police are looking for a lone, dark-skinned man in his early 20s, Sternbeck said. He has a medium build, is approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall and at the time of the robbery was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with yellow writing or patches on the shoulders and a black mask.

The man should be considered armed, Sternbeck said.

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