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Two juveniles, possibly armed, arrested in Denver school stand-off

DENVER (Reuters) - Denver Police early on Tuesday arrested two male juveniles who appeared to be toting rifles inside a middle school that they broke into and refused to leave for several hours.

The two 15-year-old boys, each carrying what appeared to be a long rifle and a school bag, were seen breaking into the Rachel B. Noel Middle School in Colorado's largest city late on Monday, Denver Police Chief Robert White told reporters at a press conference early on Tuesday.

Police units, including a SWAT team and bomb squad, converged on the school and were still sweeping it early on Tuesday, looking for the weapons and bags, said Denver Police spokesman Steve Warneke. At one point, a police helicopter shined a spotlight on the outer building and a bomb robot searched within.

When Police arrested the two boys after several hours of trying to talk them out using the school's public address system, they were unarmed and bagless.

The boys had earlier smashed a window but had not entered another school nearby. It was not immediately known if the schools would be open.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Vicki Allen)