Escaped DPS suspect caught hiding in garage

A suspect is in custody after a manhunt that locked down three schools and prompted panic in neighbors.

Shortly before noon, DPS officers alerted Amarillo police that 49-year-old Raul Rojas had simply walked away from their custody at a DPS station off of Canyon drive. Rojas was not under arrest at that time -- he was just a person of interest. Investigators suspected he was wanted out of Colorado on a probation violation -- and they were in the process of fingerprinting him to verify his identity when he left.

That brought out the entire search team - including the DPS helicopter and 14 police units.

During the search, three area schools locked down -- Coronado and Wolflin Elementary schools and Austin Middle School.

AISD says police instructed them to follow that procedure because it's the best way to keep students safe.

Tips from the public lead to an arrest. One of those tips came from a woman who lives at 3410 Austin, where the suspect was found. That woman talked with NewsChannel 10. She says the suspect did not end up there by chance.

She says Rojas knew her son and actually helped him put in their sprinkler system this summer. That's why she thinks he came to hide out in her garage.