ANCHORAGE -

Two Anchorage schools were in stay-put mode Wednesday while the Anchorage Police Department searches for someone wanted on a felony warrant.

Just before 3 p.m., an officer made a traffic stop in East Anchorage near the intersection of Baxter Road and Northern Lights Boulevard, according to APD spokesperson Dani Myren.

Myren said the person pulled over was wanted on a felony warrant and fled the scene when contacted by police.

While the search was under way, students at nearby Baxter Elementary School were placed in stay-put mode.

Under stay-put mode, no one is allowed to enter or exit the building of a school, but inside doors to classrooms remain open and unlocked. It is a less serious step than a lockdown.

Baxter students went home shortly after their scheduled 3:30 p.m. release, as stay-put mode was lifted.

Aurora Waldorf School also went into stay-put mode.

"We're not sure about all the particulars of the incident," Myren said. "The priority right now is safety."

Shortly after 4 p.m., APD officers continued to canvass the area with patrol officers and K9 units in an effort to find the suspect.

Anchorage police describe the suspect as a black man with a goatee or beard, wearing jeans and a black or dark sweatshirt.

Please watch Channel 2 News and check KTUU.com for updates to this developing story.