Man arrested in connection to Lockwood home invasion

2014-03-28T17:55:00Z 2014-03-30T12:09:06Z Man arrested in connection to Lockwood home invasionGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Lester McFerron, 36, on a burglary charge in connection to a Wednesday home invasion that sent Lockwood Schools into a modified lockdown.

McFerron, a Billings man, was arrested at a home in Lockwood late Friday afternoon and has since been transported to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility, Sheriff Mike Linder said.

Linder said the composite sketch released early Friday was instrumental in the arrest, as it led to countless tips from community members. Based on those tips, he said, they were able to make an arrest.

McFerron’s arrest comes after a resident on the 100 block of Hemlock Drive Wednesday reported a home invasion at about 5:30 a.m., Linder said.

When a resident approached the man, the man ran away. Nobody was injured during the incident, but it did send nearby Lockwood School into a modified lockdown for about three hours, during which students were not able to move between buildings.

Lockwood Superintendent Tobin Novasio said it was a precautionary measure that the school took after receiving notification of the incident.

“We went into it about 8:15, once we were notified of the situation, and we came out between 11 and 12,” Novasio said.

The Sheriff’s office released a sketch of the man — depicted with short hair, a short beard and oval eyeglasses — early Friday. McFerron was arrested hours later.

Linder said he appreciates the community’s help in identifying the suspect.

He said that right now McFerron is only being charged with one count of burglary.

The Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case.

Because the investigation is ongoing, McFerron's mugshot will not be released. 

"We might possibly have another witness and don't want to taint the investigation," Linder said. 

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