Two arrested in connection to Diven school lockdown

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Jamie L. Drake, 19, and Jake Brooks, 23, have been arrested in connection to the lockdown of Diven Elementary.

During the lockdown and search of the perimeter, officers observed one male matching the eyewitness description of the suspect. 

At 11:25 a.m. Tuesday morning, Elmira Police first responded to a call about a man threatening the callers with a gun around East Center Street. 

Nearby Diven Elementary School was placed under lockdown shortly after the call. 

“I wish I could just take her place and let her be home. It’s really scary, the whole thing is really scary,” Jennifer, the parent of a Diven Elementary School student, said. “I don’t even know what’s going on, I just know there’s cops and school is on lockdown and I can’t get to her.”

“Being that it was so close to Diven School, we put them on notice, requesting that they put the school into lockdown for safety’s sake, for precaution,” Captain Anthony Alvernaz of the Elmira Police Department said. 

Elmira Police set up a perimeter around the 300 block of East Center Street and negotiations were established.

Drake and Brooks surrendered to police without incident. 

Some neighbors said Tuesday’s events didn’t come as a surprise.

“When I first moved to Elmira, it used to be a nice place. Now it’s getting kinda rough,” Joseph Rivers Jr., an Elmira resident, said.

Diven Elementary School’s lockdown was lifted at around 1:20 p.m.

Both Brooks and Drake were charged with criminal possession of a weapon after a handgun was discovered at the immediate scene.

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