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Armed Suspect Prompts School Lockdown In Temecula

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, about 5'10" tall, clean shaven with short blonde hair and tattoos on his chest.

A man with a gun is at large and police are searching for him, authorities are reporting.

The man, described as a white male adult in his mid-20s, is wanted in connection with an incident Monday afternoon in Temecula.

According to Lt. Matthew Aveling, deputies from the Temecula Police Department responded to the scene of a home in the 41200 block of Essex Street on reports of suspicious subjects there. When deputies arrived, all suspects were caught and detained except one, who was allegedly carrying a firearm, Aveling said.

The suspect who got away is about 5'10" tall, clean shaven with short blonde hair and tattoos on his chest, Aveling said. He was wearing a light gray jacket, long black shorts and white tennis shoes.

A search for the man spread into a nearby housing tract near Camino Del Este and La Serena, prompting a lockdown of Rancho Elementary School for precautionary measures, Aveling said.

“An extensive search of the area by Temecula Police Department patrol officers, school resource officers, a K-9 unit and a Sheriff's Aviation helicopter was conducted of the residential neighborhood,” Aveling said. “The search included houses, garages, backyards and vehicles. The search was unsuccessful and the suspect is still outstanding. The school was under lockdown procedures for a little over one hour and resumed normal activities around 3:55 p.m.”

Anyone with further information regarding the known identity of the outstanding suspect is encouraged to contact the Temecula Police Department, Southwest Station at (951) 696-3000. Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

temec_laurie February 05, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Temecula PD did a great job yesterday. We had to drive by the area several times (carpool from Margarita, kid pick up and drop off) and they were courteous and professional.
Sam February 05, 2013 at 06:00 PM
A special well done to the teachers and staff of Rancho Elem who kept the kiddos safe and calm. My 6r old was locked down and had a few great games of hangman :) Ty Mrs O'D :)
LetsBfair February 05, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Temecula does not have any police. Temecula can not afford police. Those are Riverside Sheriffs. Riverside Sheriffs did a good job yesterday.
temec_laurie February 05, 2013 at 06:56 PM
City of Temecula calls them Temecula Police http://www.cityoftemecula.org/temecula/government/police/ Andre O'Harra Chief of Police The Police Department is under the leadership of Police Chief Andre O'Harra. The Temecula Police Department employs officers at the rate of about 1 Officer per 973 residents. Temecula has two storefront police locations (one in Old Town Temecula and one in the Promenade Mall), a traffic team, investigations bureau, and special teams to deal with drugs and gang-related issues. Temecula Police Department - Main Station 30755-A Auld Road, Murrieta, CA 92563
Jessi Meyer February 05, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I have to disagree on the job well done...They have yet to find the gunman and they raided our garage and backyard and left our gargae a mess and not even one officer came back to tell us what happened. We were at work, if our neighbors wouldnt have told us we would have had no idea. VERY disappointed in the Sheriffs.
Angie Jimenez February 05, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Wow. Also, no children should walk home by themselves until this armed suspect is arrested and taken into custody. All my doors and windows are locked while this man is at large...
Brenda February 05, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Exactly Angie and dogs out, weapons close but out of reach of children, alarms set, and be safe. Someone with a weapon who does not want to be caught is capable of anything and could be in someones garage or house right now. You never know. :/ and we will never be as smart as the criminal.
Susan Veronica February 06, 2013 at 03:59 PM
This incident was caused by a drug house raid near the elementary school. I would be concerned that this type of scum is SO close to a school with impressionable young children.
amy everett February 06, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Seriously I'm sure there's hundreds of drug houses near school. I'm sure this Guy is long gone from the scene.
Michael February 06, 2013 at 10:41 PM
At these it wasn't a false alarm like the toilet paper dude at Luiseno. Finally, had a reason to lockdown a school. And they may not have caught the guy but for everyone else come on at least no kids got hurt. You have go give them some credit. I'd like to see you guys become police officers and do the same thing they do. Here's a quote "before you judge me, make sure your perfect." Before you judge their work make sure you are able to do a better job then then.
Susan Veronica February 06, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Watching the whole thing go down live, I was impressed with the way the police handled the situation.
Brenda February 07, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Completely agree Michael. NO one was hurt and these were armed men and they did not want to be caught. The ones caught will also eventually tell who the one on the loose is if they havent already. Just probably he is being hidden out by his homies. So many demean the police departments and its completely out of line as I see ours do every darn thing they can with the man power they have and hours. They have one officer at each high school to try and curtail the drug problems and its a never ending fight for them..........our officers are the streets surely have some quiet nights but most of the time they are going from call and call and it just gets worse in Temecula. Until we somehow get a handle on all the drug problems, the criminals moving in or driving through for what they think is an easy hit, we are in serious trouble, and our officers cannot be everywhere at one time. They sure do a good job trying though and getting the drunk drivers, working the accidents, giving speeding tickets for everyone in this town zooming around running red lights and running people and other cars over. Cudos to our police for all they do and the time they put in to gather up 20 kids from high school on a drug bust. I would be having a nervous breakdown trying to keep on top of everything that is going on in this town, try to develop informants etc.
HF February 07, 2013 at 05:41 PM
First clue that your mistaken. Look at the address, "Murrieta" They are the Sheriffs dept. not Temecula PD. They can call themselves what ever they want. But the can also transfer to any Riverside SD office they want. Clearly Sheriffs. But for the record. They do a great job, and I'm pleased with their work here in Temecula.
Only my thought February 11, 2013 at 05:06 AM
I disagree with all you! Except Jes they ran around the streets crazy I called my husband to come home from work I was so scared they searched my house garage and yard as well as my neighbors. What this article does not say is that they had this guy at gun point and he got away.
Susan Veronica February 11, 2013 at 09:41 PM
They didn't have him at gun point. Police officers entered a house with guns drawn and this guy hopped a fence and ran out the back. Yes, they were frantically trying to find this guy with good reason. He is / was a known drug supplier in the area. The police were only doing their job and trying to catch this person. This actually isn't an article - it's a blog about the incident and current hell a block in still living through on a daily basis.
Only my thought February 13, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Susan who are you telling the story to he was in my yard the police stood in my living room with guns,K9 my son was not aloud to come home after school.The officer his self stood in my driveway as they just cleared my garage and my husband asked are you positive the guy had a gun and the officer said yes I had him at gun point and he RAN AWAY and the officer held his arms as if he was point a gun so please don't say he didn't have a gun when it came from the horses mouth. My baby is scared the guy will come back
Susan Veronica February 13, 2013 at 07:59 AM
All this started when several police officers "raided" a drug house on my street. This was the 2nd time in 7 days guns were drawn at a particular home. I was told by an officer this particular person jumped over the fence and ran away. That was the reason for the lock down. I watched the police raise their guns, arrest many people, bring in the drug dogs - but yet this scum gets out a day later. The traffic has started up again - late night cars screeching up and down the street, hookers leaving the homes, strange cars, sketchy people walking out of the house. I am sorry your child was scared and was stuck at school - no child deserves to be frightened like that. One of the little boys on the block is afraid to sleep in his own bed because the bad man next door might get him, not to mention the other 9 kids who don't play on the street anymore because of this guy. It makes me sick to my stomach that this guy is still walking the streets and his run away buddy with the gun is most likely back in business with him. It was once a nice quiet, beautiful block and now the residents can't sleep because of this scum. We just want him out and need our homes back.
Only my thought February 15, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Ok call me crazy but I thought if they had a backround/parole they could not be near a school. Now I have no clue how it works but that seems like that should be right!
Brenda February 16, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Their cars and uniforms say TEMECULA PD. They are contracted from Riverside Sheriff Department. They technically on paper are our Police Department. The Riverside County Sheriffs Department backs up all City police departments as they cover unincorporated areas which overlap all over the place out here, take up calls when others are busy, and work their own areas. If they are close to an area, ie City of Temecula they will often respond along with the contracted Temecula PD.
Brenda February 16, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Jes, Really "raiding" your garage and backyard and leaving your garage a mess, the police, looking for an armed criminal, and then NOT coming back to personally tell you what happened is that bothersome to you?? I don't care what the police do to my garage while looking for an armed suspect. Would rather have them do that then the armed suspect take me hostage as soon as I get hom with the kids from work, while he hid in my garage.
Brenda February 16, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Convicted child molesters cannot be near a school, or so many miles away from it. Parolee's do not have that same law/rules. Nor are they listed on the Megan Laws Maps showing us where criminals live, just molesters. I personally would like to see Megans Law expanded to cover every single convicted felon so that we know who is living near us. Twice now I have lived on a street where a convicted robbery guy had moved into and dammit he did go around and start robbing all of us of cell phones, anythng in the car if left the doors unlocked, computer and even someones entire backyard furniture!! I wish the guy had been on an extended Megan's list :/.

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