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Earl Brandon Chappell

HURRICANE, Washington County — Police have arrested a La Verkin man suspected of attempting to force a high school girl into his vehicle Wednesday morning.

The Hurricane High student reported to school administrators about 8 a.m. that a man approached her near the school and pulled out a gun and tried to get her into his vehicle. Instead, the girl ran to the school, Hurricane police said.

Six schools in Hurricane were placed in lockdown, with no students allowed outside, following the incident.

Police located and questioned Earl B. Chappell, 39, of La Verkin, eventually arresting him for investigation of aggravated kidnapping and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chappell pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of theft, a class B misdemeanor, in 2002, and pleaded no contest to drug possession charges in 2003, according to state court records. He faced additional misdemeanor drug charges between 1996 and 2003.

— McKenzie Romero