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UPDATE: WITCC given all-clear after an armed robbery near campus in Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Students are in class and things are back to normal after a lockdown early Thursday morning at Western Iowa Tech Community College brought on by an armed robbery nearby.

Sioux City Police said a robbery occurred at 4307 Stone Avenue at the Super 8 Motel at 5:11 a.m.

They said a clerk reported he was robbed at gunpoint by an unknown race male who left the motel on foot eastbound on Stone Avenue.

The clerk wasn't injured and the suspect and the clerk were alone.

Police are reviewing video evidence but that's not being released at this point.

The suspect is described as a male in his 20's to 30's wearing a dark sweatshirt with a hood, mask and sunglasses.

His height is approximately 6-foot and weighs 180 pounds.

School officials said a little after 5 a.m., police notified them about a suspect believed to be heading towards the WIT campus after an armed robbery at the Super 8 motel on Stone Avenue. Students were notified by the campus text alert system to stay inside until further notice.

"We have 360 students that live on campus and their lives are very important," said Terry Murrell, President at Western Iowa Tech Community College. "So, whenever we get information that their lives could potentially be at risk, then we make sure that we act in whatever way we feel is best to protect those students."Some students told us they didn't see the alert until after they woke up hours later, but say it feels good being at a school that takes their safety seriously. School officials said security video shows that the gunman was never on campus.

Some students told us they didn't see the alert until after they woke up hours later, but say it feels good being at a school that takes their safety seriously.

School officials say security video shows that the gunman was never on campus.

If you have any information about this case call 712-279-6440 or CrimeStoppers at 258-TIPS.

--KTIV's Brianna Clark contributed to this story.

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The all-clear has been given at Western Iowa Tech Community College after the Sioux City school was put into lockdown earlier Thursday morning, following reports of a robbery nearby.

Police logs confirm that officers responded to a robbery at 4300 Stone Avenue shortly after 5 am.

Western Iowa Tech security sent out a text alert saying telling students that police were searching for a suspect on campus.

Students were told to stay locked in their rooms until further notice.

The college later issued a text giving the all-clear and saying that classes will start as scheduled.

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