Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach was locked down shortly before dismissal time on Friday, May 8, while sheriff’s deputies conducted a neighborhood search. Deputies sought two males, 17 to 18 years of age, who were suspects in a home burglary.
A neighbor in the 300 block of Elm Avenue near Third Street said that as she returned from the 7-Eleven and saw two teenage boys leaving her neighbor’s house, she told herself, “I know you boys don’t belong there.” The boys waved at her, but, still suspicious, she asked her other neighbor what to do. The neighbor told her, “Call the sheriff. We have to look after each other.”
Deputies responded to the area en masse, with an ASTREA helicopter overhead. The sergeant on the scene reported, “One got away and one didn’t,” then pointed to the backseat of a nearby cruiser. “We have one in custody, and we know who the other one is.”
The high school of approximately 2300 students was on lockdown for less than an hour, but parents responding to their children’s cell-phone calls created a traffic jam in front of the school.
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