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A search for a burglary suspect led to a lockdown of a San Rafael elementary school this afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. A resident in the first block of Rafael Drive called police after she saw three suspicious men around her neighbor’s house at about 3 p.m., police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said. When officers arrived they found one suspect on the street and arrested him.
Witnesses told police there were two other suspects who ran down Watt Avenue and into the bushes near a creek. Officers began searching the area, assisted by a Novato police dog. Because of its proximity, police ordered a lockdown at Coleman Elementary School at 800 Belle Ave. It was towards the end of the day so parents picking up their children had to wait outside while police finished the search.
Eventually the search concluded with the two suspects still at large. The school lockdown was lifted at about 5 p.m. and students were allowed to go home. Tyrone Demond Robinson, 21, was booked into Marin County jail on suspicion of residential burglary and conspiracy. Small electronics and a bicycle were stolen in the burglary.