San Joaquin Delta College went into a brief lockdown on Thursday after someone connected to an armed robbery near the Sherwood and Weberstown malls ran onto the campus to escape from law enforcement.
Delta College sent an alert at about 2:30 p.m. urging students and staff to either lock down if they were on campus or stay away from the area if they were not on campus.
The college followed up just after 3:20 p.m. that San Joaquin Delta College District Police, working with "partner agencies," lifted the lockdown after officers thoroughly searched the campus. "It is safe to resume normal operations," the system alert announced.
“We’re thankful to our employees and students for heeding the lockdown instructions, and to our college police department for promptly issuing the emergency alert,” said Alex Breitler, a spokesperson for Delta College.
“Some people don’t realize that Delta College has its own police department of sworn law enforcement officers who train for this sort of incident,” Breitler added. ”We are grateful to have them.”
District police said officers did not find the armed robbery suspect on campus.
The initial alert said that the college had received a report of a person with a gun on campus.
At that time, the alert said the person was seen near the Cunningham lots on the college’s northeastern side of campus.
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