FRPD report a chase that included school lockdowns

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The Front Royal Police Department (FPD) reports a chase that led to temporary school lockdowns.

On the morning of August 25 Front Royal Police were notified by a 14 Street Severn Eleven clerk that a woman had entered the store asking for help.

The clerk informed police that the woman was needing help and protection from threats made by Michael Foltz.

Foltz was in a Silver Chevy Equinox in the parking lot and eventually came into the store looking for the female questioning the clerk.

Exiting the store Foltz took off in the Equinox heading down 14 Street pulling into the BP Gas Station. 

When Foltz saw a Front Royal Police Officer he went up 14 Street and the pursuit was on.

Foltz took Police down Shenandoah Avenue through Royal Village and the Old Virginia Plant area.

The pursuit continued on until the Equinox crashed into the Shenandoah River where Foltz exited and ran to the other side of the river.

Police lost sight of Foltz and called in Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies who responded immediately.

A perimeter was established which led to a soft lockdown of local schools.

Skyline High School, Skyline Middle School and Diversified Minds were locked down until Foltz was apprehended shortly thereafter.

Foltz was wanted out of Page County for several offenses including aggravated malicious wounding.

He also faces charges of felony destruction of property, eluding, grand larceny, simple assault and battery and driving without a license.

Anyone with any information regarding Foltz or this incident is asked to contact the Front Royal Police Department.

Contact FRP Corporal Kevin Orndorff or call 540-635-2111 or ccline@frontroyalva.com with any information.

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