A car chase and neighborhood-wide search that caused an elementary school to go on lockdown ended with Fremont police arresting three suspects in a residential burglary Tuesday morning. A citizen set off the alert at 9:16 a.m. by calling police dispatch to report suspicious activity near Omar Street and Cobb Court.
The caller remained on the line and described events in real time as he witnessed three young men enter a private backyard on Torenia Circle and then run down the street toward Omar Street where they got into a vehicle, police said. The caller was able to give police the vehicle’s license plate number. Police were able to find the suspects’ vehicle and followed it for a short time before it collided with a parked car, police said.
The three suspects abandoned the car and fled on foot in different directions, according to police. Police set up a neighborhood perimeter, and officers went to assist with security at nearby Steven Millard Elementary School on Valpey Park Avenue, which went on lockdown as a safety precaution. Police succeeded in locating all three suspects by 10:36 a.m.
One suspect was hiding in a garbage can, one in a shed and one was spotted as he attempted to walk past the neighborhood perimeter, police said. The lockdown at Steven Millard Elementary School was lifted at 10:40 a.m., police said.
One suspect was transported to a hospital for treatment from a K-9 bite. Once released, he and the other suspects were brought to the Fremont Police Department for questioning. All suspects were from outside the area, police said.
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