Fugitive turned himself in to Southington police

Police are still searching for John Sample, above.

John Sample, above, turned himself into police on March 10.

Police from Southington and Cheshire are still looking for a fugitive after an exhaustive search and lockdown on March 9 in Cheshire and Southington.

The incident began at approximately 9:49 a.m. when a bail enforcement agent approached Southington police during a traffic detail in the area of 400 Burritt St. The agent told the officer that he had attempted to serve a warrant on John Sample (date of birth Sept. 20, 1986), 360 Burritt St., Southington, when the suspect fled on foot.

Meriden police had an active failure to appear warrant for Sample, and the Southington Police Department (SPD) also had three active drug related arrest warrants for Sample.

Southington officers assisted the search. The Cheshire Police K9 Unit also helped in the search. The incident started in the area 400 Burritt St. but extended to the area of West Center Street at its intersection with Bristol Street.

As precautionary measures, several buildings in the area were placed in lockdown during the search, including a number of Southington schools and the Municipal center. The search and lockdown was called off at 12:06 p.m.

John Sample was not located; however, officers will continue to patrol the area. Police are asking that anyone with information on the whereabouts of John Sample contact the SPD at (860) 378-1600.

NOTE: Sample turned himself into police on March 10.

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