The boy, who is being sought as a suspect in a case of assault with a deadly weapon, fled into an apartment in the 900 block of East Mission Avenue after being stopped by officers around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police were convinced the suspect was barricaded inside the apartment and called a SWAT team around 7:45 p.m. as well as a San Diego Sheriff’s Department K-9 team. The suspect was believed to be armed or to have access to firearms, said Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin.
When SWAT officers entered the apartment around midnight, they found it empty, said Escondido police Lt. Al Owens. It appears the boy “busted out of the area” before extra police arrived at the scene, he said.
Eleven apartments in the complex were evacuated during the incident, said Escondido police Sgt. Erik Witholt.
Details about the assault allegedly committed by the boy were not immediately released.