Police officers locked down a Redwood City elementary school and searched the surrounding neighborhood for three suspects in a home invasion robbery Thursday.
They arrested 21-year-old Jovanni Martinez Aguilar of Redwood City in connection with the crime, but the two other suspects -- a man believed to be armed with a handgun and a woman who may have acted as a lookout -- remained at large as of Thursday evening, according to a police statement. The male suspect is described as about 19 years old, wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans.
Just before 11:52 a.m., two men entered a residence on the 900 block of 10th Avenue and held the female occupant at gunpoint while they ransacked the home, according to police. The suspects later locked the victim inside a bedroom, where she called police about the robbery-in-progress.
Although she was "shaken up," the victim didn't appear to be hurt, Redwood City police Capt. Dan Mulholland said.
Responding officers caught Aguilar as he tried to flee, Mulholland said. San Mateo County sheriff's deputies joined Redwood City officers in setting up a perimeter and conducting a manhunt, aided by several police dogs.
Police called officials at Taft Community School across the street from the burglarized home and asked them to keep students indoors.
"Out of an abundance of caution we locked down Taft School because of the word we received about a person with a handgun," Mulholland
As parents of kindergarten students arrived at around 12:30 p.m. to pick up their children, they were directed inside the school until about 1:25 p.m., when police cleared them to leave, Redwood City School District spokeswoman Naomi Hunter said. Students from other grades were released shortly thereafter.
Elizabeth Quinteros said that when she went to pick up her son Rudy and saw the multitude of police cars and officers, she thought of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, and feared the worst.
"I panicked. I thought something happened," Quinteros said, holding her 2-year-old daughter Jisela, with her sons Rudy, 5, and Sebastian, 4, at her side. "After Sandy Hook, it makes it more delicate and sensitive."
A bag of undisclosed property stolen from the residence was found abandoned at a nearby church on Michael Drive. The search was called off around 1:45 p.m., according to Mulholland.
The Redwood City Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call 650-780-7100.