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Turlock schools on lockdown as police search for suspect

POSTED May 16, 2017 3:32 p.m.

Three Turlock schools are currently on lockdown as the Turlock Police Department searches for a possibly armed suspect.

The lockdown is for Julien Elementary, Turlock High School, and Dutcher Middle School, said Turlock Police Department spokesman Sgt. Neil Cervenka.

Parents are advised to not go to the schools at this time. The Turlock Unified School District and the police department will utilize social media to inform when the lockdown is lifted.

The incident began earlier Tuesday when a report came in of a firearm being brandished at Sunnyview Park.  The call described three men seen at the park, and later three men matching that description were seen walking on Colorado Avenue.

Officers attempted to stop the three men, but only two complied, while the third ran from the scene. The two men that stopped did not have any guns on them, Cervenka said.

The third man was last seen in the area of Colorado Avenue and Marshall Street. The police department contacted TUSD to advise them of the situation and the District decided to order the lockdown, “out of an abundance of caution,” Cervenka said. No threats have been made to any of the schools or the students or staff. The District decided to include Dutcher in the lockdown because many students walk home in the path of the current police perimeter.

The suspect is described as a white male adult standing about five feet nine inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and baggy blue jeans.

Anyone spotting the suspect should not approach him and contact the Turlock Police Department Dispatch at 668-1200 or call 911.

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