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* Joel Jackson And Jason Ward Arrested For Burglary And Causing Lock Down Of Hidden Valley Elementary School In Martinez

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Martinez police are still seeking a man who caused the lockdown of an elementary school after running from police following the burglary of a nearby home Friday afternoon.The incident began at 12:41 p.m. when officers responded to a home in the 1500 block of Ashwood Drive and found an off-duty Alameda County sheriff’s deputy holding a man at gunpoint.The deputy told officers that he arrived at his home and saw that his front door had been forced open and three suspects were running from the residence, police said.The deputy held one of the suspects at gunpoint while the other two ran away, according to police.A short time later, police spotted one of the men walking in an open field behind Hidden Valley Elementary School. When authorities tried to stop the suspect, he ran into a nearby neighborhood, police said.The school was locked down while authorities searched the area, but the suspect was not found.The lockdown was lifted at 2:30 p.m. after it was established that the students could safely leave. The suspect is not believed to have ever entered school property, according to police.The third suspect was spotted by a police K9 unit 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 two men who were arrested have been identified as Jason Ward,29, and Joel Jackson, 30, both of Vallejo. Both men were booked into county jail in Martinez on suspicion of residential burglary, police said.The suspect who remains at large is described as a black man who is about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 190 pounds, with either dreadlocks or long, pulled-back hair. He was wearing a large black jacket, according to police Cmdr. Gary Peterson said.The deputy told police the only thing taken from the home was a shotgun, Peterson said. Police have not yet found the shotgun. Anyone with information about the incident or the outstanding suspect is asked to call Martinez police at (925) 372-3440.

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