FBI, police seek woman “infatuated with Columbine” who traveled to Colorado and is considered “armed and extremely dangerous”

The FBI and Denver-area law enforcement agencies are searching for an 18-year-old woman “infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting” who traveled to Colorado, made threats and is considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”

Sol Pais is believed to be in the Denver-Littleton area and “attempting to buy firearms,” police said in an alert to local law enforcement, and it‘s her presence in the area that triggered lockouts at Columbine High School and dozens of schools across the Denver area on Thursday.

 

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Districts in Denver, Douglas County, Adams County and more followed through with that directive, placing their schools on lockout for the remainder of the afternoon.

Pais was last seen in the Jefferson County foothills, authorities said.

“Last night, Sol Pais traveled to Colorado and made threats in the Denver metropolitan area,” Jefferson County sheriff‘s officials wrote on Facebook. “She is armed and considered to be extremely dangerous.”

Pais is described as a white female, approximately 5-foot 5-inches tall, with brown hair. Sheriff‘s officials said she was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, camouflage pants and black boots.

A bulletin sent to local police said authorities do not have probable cause to arrest Pais, but that she should be detained for a mental-health evaluation.

Columbine, more than 20 other schools in Jefferson County and one school in Denver already had been placed on lockout Tuesday after sheriff‘s officials said they were investigating “what appears to be a credible threat possibly involving the schools.”

The investigation is being led by the FBI, Jefferson County sheriff‘s spokesman Mike Taplin said.

There was “no threat to a specific school,” Taplin said.

Other school districts and Denver-area police departments are monitoring the situation. Grant Ranch ECE-8 School was the first Denver school to initiate a lockout, which it did at 1 p.m., said Will Jones, a Denver Public Schools spokesman.

“We too are taking this threat seriously,” Aurora police said in a tweet. “…we are increasing police presence at our schools.”

All Jeffco schools will release students on schedule with increased security staff on site, the district said in a tweet. All after-school activities will go on as scheduled, except for at Columbine High School, where all after-school activities have been canceled.

The lockout was requested by law enforcement while police search for a “suspicious person” in the area, according to a news release from Diana Wilson, a Jeffco Schools spokeswoman.

“Everyone is safe,” Wilson said in the news release.

Less serious than a lockdown, a lockout means that activity inside the schools will continue as scheduled, but entry and exit is restricted.

According to Jeffco Public Schools, the following schools were placed on lockout:

  • Bergen Elementry Schools
  • Blue Heron Elementry School
  • Columbine High School
  • Conifer High School
  • Dutch Creek Elementry School
  • Elk Creek Elementry School
  • Evergreen High School
  • Evergreen Middle School
  • Governor‘s Ranch Elementry School
  • Ken Caryl Middle School
  • Leawood Elementry School
  • Marshdale Elementry School
  • Mt. Evans Outdoor Laboratory School
  • Normandy Elementry School
  • Parmalee Elementry School
  • Ralston Elementry School
  • Rocky Mtn Academy of Evergreen
  • West Jeff Elementary School
  • West Jeff Middle School
  • Wilmot Elementry School
  • Windy Peak Outdoor Laboratory School
  • Woodrow Wilson Academy

In December, an anonymous caller inside Columbine High School. The threat, which was found to be a hoax, triggered an aggressive police response to ensure there was no danger to students at the school and more than 20 other Jeffco schools that were placed on lockout.

The current threat comes days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Since the shooting. Colorado schools have seen an increase in lockdowns as threats have increased, .

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