WESTFORD -- Extra police officers were stationed at two schools Wednesday as police searched for a domestic-dispute suspect nearby.

The principals of the Blanchard and Day schools sent out notices to community members Wednesday morning, advising them that police were looking for a suspect believed to be hiding in the woods near the schools.

Capt. Victor Neal said police responded to a domestic dispute that occurred around 3 a.m. on Orchard Street and began searching for the suspect once it got light out later in the morning. No weapons were used, and the victim left town afterward.

Because of the rain, officers thought the suspect might try to seek shelter. They stationed one officer each at the Blanchard and Day schools in case he tried to enter.

"We have no reason to believe he was headed toward any of those schools," Neal said. "It was just an extra precaution that the police chief took."

Police are no longer searching the area and have issued an arrest warrant for the man, whose name has not been released.

Blanchard Middle School Principal Robin Whitney wrote that the schools are "taking every safety precaution" and no one will be allowed to enter the schools without identification.

Day School Principal Kevin Regan wrote that the school's exterior doors are always locked and students had been instructed to notify the nearest adult if they saw a stranger.