An alleged armed robbery Wednesday morning in Walla Walla led to a College Place Public Schools lockdown, recovery of stolen vehicles, and a warrant arrest. However, the robbery suspects have yet to be found.

Walla Walla police officers heard of a robbery at 8:56 a.m. The victim gave descriptions of the two suspects and their vehicle, according to College Place police Officer Dylan Schmick.

At 11 a.m., College Place police found the suspect vehicle in the 200 block of Whitman Drive, Schmick wrote in a release. Police waited until two people returned and followed it to the 100 block of Northeast Cedar Avenue, but the two occupants ran away. Police chased them and took them into custody.

One was Mikael J. Butler, who was found on Cedar Avenue and arrested on an unrelated Umatilla County warrant.

The other person wasn’t identified, but was found in the 200 block of West Whitman Drive and taken to the Walla Walla Police Department for questioning, the release stated. Walla Walla Police Sgt. Eric Knudson said the person was later released.

Two stolen vehicles were found at a home in the 200 block of West Whitman Drive and returned to their owners.

College Place schools were placed on a modified lockdown during the ordeal, according to the school district’s social media page. The lockdown was lifted at about 1:30 p.m. The high school and Sager Middle School were released at 1:25 p.m.

Walla Walla police are investigating the armed robbery and do not have anyone in custody related to it yet, according to Knudson. However, they have identified one suspect and don’t believe the robbery was random.

A man came to the WWPD on Wednesday morning and said “he had been robbed at gunpoint” in a yard near North Seventh Avenue and West Moore Street by two men, Knudson said. Personal items were taken, he said, and no further information was being released due to the active investigation.

Schmick said College Place police are investigating the stolen vehicles case to determine possible suspects.

Emily Thornton can be reached at or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.