The man who allegedly made a threat at Merrill Middle School Tuesday, prompting a school lockdown and a manhunt, has made his initial court appearance.
Thirty-five-year-old Ryan Collier was in jail court Wednesday morning. He is charged with first degree harassment, domestic abuse/assault, and interference with official acts.
Collier was captured Tuesday afternoon in the Waterbury neighborhood after a two-hour manhunt. Police say he and his girlfriend were arguing when he followed her into Merrill Middle School around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. He allegedly made a threat about having a gun and threatened to use it.
The school resource officer called for back-up and ordered the school to be locked down. When Collier heard about the lockdown he fled the school.
Several schools in the area were locked down during the search for Collier. He was taken into custody by police in the 5100 block of Country Club Boulevard. Police say he did not have a weapon.
During Collier’s court appearance, he was asked if he owned or possessed any guns. He told the judge no. Two no contact orders were also issued. He is barred from contacting his girlfriend and prohibited from entering any Des Moines Public School building.
Collier is being held in the Polk County Jail on a $30,000 bond. His arraignment has been scheduled for December 17th.