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* Hidden Valley Elementary School In Martinez Locked Down After Deputy Sees Suspects From Burglary With Missing Shotgun

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Martinez police arrested two men and are seeking a third after an off-duty Alameda County sheriff’s deputy interrupted a burglary at his home this afternoon, a police commander said. The burglary was reported in the 1500 block of Ashwood Drive at  about 12:30 p.m., Martinez police Cmdr. Gary Peterson said.The off-duty deputy was just arriving home when he saw the suspects leaving the residence. He held one of them at gunpoint and called police while the other two ran away, Peterson said.A short time later, police spotted one of the men walking on a trail behind Hidden Valley Elementary School. When authorities tried to stop the suspect, he ran into a nearby neighborhood, Peterson said.The school was locked down while officers searched the area, but the suspect was not found. The lockdown was lifted at 2:30 p.m. after authorities established that it was safe for students to leave, according to Peterson.The third suspect was spotted near the intersection of Center Avenue and Vine Hill Way and was arrested after the deputy identified him as one of the men seen fleeing his house.The suspect who remains at large is described as a black man about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 190 pounds, with either dreadlocks or long, pulled-back hair. He was wearing a large black jacket, Peterson said.The deputy told police the only thing taken from the home was a shotgun, Peterson said.Anyone with information about the incident or the outstanding suspect is asked to call Martinez police at (925) 372-3440.

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