Suspect arrested after ‘suspicious device’ is found in Grover Beach

A man was arrested Tuesday after a “suspicious device” caused Grover Beach police to close down two streets and place Grover Beach Elementary School on lockdown for a few hours.

At about 10 a.m., police responded to a call about a threat that also involved a potential explosive device, according to a news release.

Upon arriving, officers contacted the victim and discovered a suspicious package sitting on the victim’s vehicle in the 1200 block of Seabright Avenue.

The 400 through 600 blocks of South 13th Street and the 1200 through 1400 blocks of Seabright Avenue were closed and some residents were evacuated, police said.

The elementary school, which is several blocks away, was put on lockdown “as a precaution,” the department said.

At about 1:25 p.m., the department tweeted that the bomb squad had arrived and “secured the suspicious package,” which was preserved for evidence.

Twenty minutes later, the roads were reopened, residents were allowed to return home, and the school was taken off lockdown.

At about 4:20 p.m., police investigators contacted the suspect, Aaron M. Stockwell, in Oceano and arrested him without incident.

Stockwell was booked into SLO County Jail on suspicion of making criminal threats, stalking, domestic violence and being in violation of a court order.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF
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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.