Suspected car thief arrested after causing lockdown at 2 Atascadero schools

The Atascadero Police Department.
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UPDATE 4:30 p.m.:

An Atascadero resident was arrested about an hour after a lockdown was lifted at two local schools.

Jeremiah James Aguilar Lockaton, 20, was booked at San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of two felony counts of auto theft, jail records show, and was being held in lieu of $40,000 bail. He also has a felony arrest warrant from San Francisco for allegedly stealing another vehicle, police said.

The incident started at 12:18 p.m. when police responded to the area of Del Rio Road and San Benito Road for a traffic collision with the driver possibly being under the influence. Officers were told that the driver of the vehicle — which had been previously reported as stolen — had fled on foot and jumped a fence onto the San Benito Elementary School campus.

The school was placed on lockdown, along with Del Rio Continuation High School, Support Services, and Student Intervention Services.

Atascadero police requested to use a K-9 through the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office to help in the search, but the driver was not located. In the meantime, police said, a suspect, Lockaton, was identified in the theft of the vehicle.

Officers left the area but were called back about 3 p.m. to respond to a report of an intoxicated person who matched Lockaton’s description, according to a news release.

The man again fled on foot but was ultimately arrested near Chico Road and Ferro Caril Avenue. Lockaton was identified as the person who fled from vehicle earlier in the day, police said.

UPDATE 2 p.m.:

The lockdown at two Atascadero Unified School District schools has been lifted, school district officials announced at 2 p.m. Monday.

Atascadero police notified the district that the “shelter-in-place” lockdown could be lifted. Police also conducted a sweep of the San Benito Elementary School campus as an additional precaution.

San Benito Elementary School, Del Rio Continuation High School, Support Services, and Student Intervention Services have returned to their regular schedules, according to the school district. Students will be released to parents following the normal procedures at the conclusion of the school day.

Original story:

Several sites in the Atascadero Unified School District, including San Benito Elementary, were placed on lockdown Monday afternoon after an individual fleeing a traffic stop reportedly entered the elementary school campus.

The elementary school, Del Rio Continuation High School, Support Services and Student Intervention Services were placed into a “shelter-in-place lockdown” after Atascadero police notified district officials of the incident about 12:40 p.m., according to information posted on the district’s website.

As of 1:10 p.m., according to the school district, administrators had verified that all students and staff members were safe at the elementary school.

Police have requested that student and staff remain indoors as the search continues.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.