CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested a man in connection with the closure of a south Charlotte elementary school Tuesday.
According to CMPD, officers arrested Isaac James Burch, 37, on a fugitive warrant from Michigan. Police said Burch was located at a north Charlotte hotel before being taken into police custody.
Investigators received a tip from Kannapolis Police that Burch threatened to come to North Carolina to kill his ex-wife, who is an employee at Sterling Elementary School. When officers found Burch’s pickup outside the hotel, they took him into custody a short time later.
CMS released a statement Tuesday following Burch's arrest:
Sterling Elementary will re-open on a normal schedule tomorrow, Wednesday October 11, 2017 and we look forward to seeing all Sterling Elementary students, teachers and staff.
The safety and security of all CMS students and staff is top priority every day. CMS takes every potential threat seriously and responds with an abundance of caution and as needed to ensure the security, safety and well-being of all students and staff.
On the afternoon of Monday, October 9, 2017 Kannapolis Police notified CMS of a heightened possible safety and security risk at Sterling Elementary stemming from a domestic situation involving a Sterling Elementary staff member. Out of an abundance of caution and based on information from law enforcement officials, CMS District and Sterling Elementary leadership made the decision to close Sterling Elementary on Tuesday, October 10.
During the evening of October 9, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrested a fugitive whom they had reason to believe posed a potential safety and security risk to CMS students and personnel at Sterling Elementary. The individual remains in custody pending extradition.
On the morning of October 10, law enforcement officials notified CMS that there is no continuing safety and security risk at Sterling Elementary.
CMS cannot identify the staff member involved or provide further details on the nature of the domestic dispute in order to protect personnel privacy.
CMS directs inquiries about the on-going investigation to local law enforcement in Michigan.
Law enforcement has conducted a thorough check of Sterling Elementary buildings and grounds. Counseling and protective staff are in place at Sterling Elementary and ready to support any student, family member or staff seeking assistance.
We look forward to seeing students and staff tomorrow, Wednesday October 11, 2017 on a normal schedule at Sterling Elementary.
In a statement released by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Chief Communications Officer Tracy Russ Monday, CMS announced Sterling Elementary School would be closed for all students, staff and personnel.
“The safety of students, staff and all school personnel is top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and after consultation with law enforcement authorities in an ongoing investigation, Sterling Elementary is closed on Tuesday, Oct 10 for all students, staff and personnel. We are unable to provide further details at this time as this is an active investigation and will provide an update to Sterling Elementary families and staff for the Wednesday schedule as soon as possible.”
Shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, CMS officials said police confirmed that the subject the of investigation was taken into custody. As a precaution, the school will remain closed Tuesday.
CMS Police have advised that the subject of investigation of a possible safety threat at Sterling Elementary is in custody thanks to the work of multiple law enforcement agencies. As a precautionary measure, Sterling Elementary will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct 10 as officers complete their investigation. CMS will update families and staff on scheduling for Sterling Elementary for Wednesday, October 11 as soon as possible.
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