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D.C. Superior Court on lockdown as officers seek suspect

D.C. Superior Court was on brief lockdown Friday morning as courthouse security officers and marshals scrambled to look for a man they believed brought in an envelope full of white powder and gave it to a clerk in the civil division.

Officers reviewed security cameras looking for a 6-foot, white male wearing a white straw hat and a black suit. Officers believed the unidentified male was still in the building.

The man was found, and the courthouse has re-opened.

Update: Court spokeswoman Leah Gurowitz said in a statement: “The Moultrie Courthouse was put on lockdown for ten to fifteen minutes as the result of a suspicious package being left in a court office. Security personnel gave the ‘all clear’ at approximately 10:20 a.m. and the courthouse is now open.”

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.


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