By: Jenn Schanz
"I was really scared at first because it's kind of like, are we safe or not," says Hattie Phelps. She was told to go back to her car when she approached Star City Shores water park.
Pool–goers were turned away from Star City as armed officers, canine units, and a police chopper searched the area nearby for escaped inmate Juan Ramirez.
The lockdown began around 1 p.m. Thursday.
A nearby daycare was also placed on lockdown.
Both businesses were inside the police search perimeter, from 27th to 40th streets along Highway 2.
Star City guests were surprised to see a locked gate at the pool entrance.
"This must be really serious if they're locking down a pool with just random people in it," Phelps says.
The lockdown was over in about an hour.
Mia Stewart was inside Star City during the lockdown.
"I feel much safer and calmer to know that they lockdown is over and know they're getting closer and closer to finding this inmate," she says.
And they did, just before 3:30 p.m.
33–year–old Ramirez was caught on Stephanos drive, in a neighborhood just south of Star City.
Those who live nearby were thankful to police, and relieved to see the chase was over.
"It was comforting to see so many officers and know that they had canine units and the helicopter all out looking for him," says Shane Harder, who lives a few houses away from where Ramirez was caught.
Police say the manhunt lasted about two and half hours.
And although it was a tense afternoon for those in the area, no one was injured.