SAN DIEGO – Officials briefly locked down three schools while police searched for a driver who led them on a chase and then fled on foot through the neighborhood.
A sheriff's deputy tried to pull over a speeding vehicle around 1 p.m. near state Route 94 and Euclid Street, but the driver sped off. The driver eventually ditched the car and ran off on foot in a residential neighborhood.
Three nearby campuses took security measures to protect students during the search. Gompers Preparatory Academy, Horton Elementary School and Millennial Tech Middle School all brought students into classrooms for less than an hour while deputies searched the area.
“We were just trying to calm people down. We could hear the police -- we knew we were safe. We heard knocking on the door. Some people said that was the guy knocking on classrooms, but no one opened the door," said Teaira Harris, a sixth-grader.
Officers found the suspect, identified as 44-year-old Raheem Jackson, hiding in a restroom at Gompers Academy at about 2 p.m. He was arrested and all three school were cleared to resume normal activities.
“It’s pretty good to hear that this went down with no shooting, no serious violence or anything like that," said Yolanda Harris, a parent.
Jackson is facing charges of felony evading, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle while in possession of marijuana.