Lyons Elementary briefly on lockout Wednesday morning as police searched for vehicular assault suspect

Lyons Elementary School was briefly placed on lockout Wednesday morning after a man later identified as Charles William Armstrong hit another man with his car and drove off, leading the police to believe the crash might have been intentional.

When the suspect‘s car was found in a neighborhood near the school, Boulder County Sheriff‘s Officer Cmdr. Mike Wagner said the lockout — during which no one from the outside is permitted inside the building, but school activities proceed as normal inside — was initiated as a precaution. It lasted from 9:30 to 10:05 a.m., when the suspect was found and taken into custody.

During the investigation, deputies learned that Armstrong, 65, a transient known to be living out of his car in the area, and the victim, a 55-year-old Lyons man, had a history of animosity toward one another, according to a news release from the sheriff‘s office.

Per the Lyons Police Department, earlier in the day, the victim threw a rock through the back window of Armstrong‘s car after Armstrong had “lunged” his car at the victim multiple times, the news release stated. The two then briefly separated, and the victim began walking down the sidewalk to rejoin his friends near Redstone Liquors.

As the victim walked across Main Street, Armstrong drove around Park Street and onto the sidewalk east of the liquor store, according to the sheriff‘s office. Witnesses reported that Armstrong, while driving on the sidewalk, accelerated toward the victim and intentionally swerved to hit him with the car. Armstrong hit the victim with enough force that the victim was thrown into the street, the news release stated.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff‘s office.

Once deputies learned Armstrong had made statements prior to Wednesday that he intended to run over the victim with his car, Armstrong was arrested and booked into Boulder County Jail on the charge of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault, menacing, and reckless endangerment.

The investigation into the altercation is ongoing. Any witnesses with additional information are asked to call Detective Jason Shatek at.