Man armed with rifle causes middle school lockdown, then he returns to the scene after police clear out: Reports

Police in Texas say they have arrested a man on suspicion of threatening an individual near a middle school last week.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the arrest of 31-year-old Phillip Ibarra came just hours after he was reported walking toward Richland Middle School on Thursday afternoon with a rifle.

The earlier incident resulted in a campus-wide lockdown that was lifted at about 5 p.m.

During that time, law enforcement searched for the suspect throughout the community surrounding the 820 Loop and West Hurst Boulevard. That search did not result in the suspect’s apprehension.

As Richland Police Sgt. Tye Bell explained, employees at the school noticed the suspect had returned to a nearby area at about 6:15 p.m., prompting them to contact authorities.

Officers responded to the area and spotted Ibarra in an area northwest of the school, in the 300 block of Booth Calloway Road, according to police reports.

Bell added that the suspect allegedly threatened an unnamed individual with the firearm.

As of the latest reports available, authorities expected Ibarra to face criminal charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported that the suspect has a lengthy rap sheet.

Since 2005, he has reportedly been arrested at least 10 times on suspicion of criminal charges including assault and driving while intoxicated.

[Featured image: Phillip Ibarra, Richland Hills Police]