NEWARK -- A Newark elementary school was placed on lockdown Monday morning while police searched for three men who reportedly burglarized a nearby home and led them on a subsequent chase, authorities said.
About 11:50 a.m., residents in the 6200 block of Madelaine Drive called 911 to report that several men were trying to break into a home on their street, Newark police Cmdr. Mike Carroll said. Another witness called to report a suspicious vehicle parked in the area and gave police a description of it.
When officers arrived, the witness said the car was just leaving the area, Carroll said. Officers spotted the car and tried to pull it over, but the driver refused to stop.
The driver lost control at Mayhews Landing Road and Spruce Street and hit another vehicle, Carroll said. The suspects got out of the car and ran west along a flood control channel that separates the houses between Mayhews Landing Road and Peachtree Drive.
The driver of the other car was not injured, Carroll said. Police called for a lockdown of A.L. Schilling Elementary School, about a block from the search area on Spruce Street, while they searched for the suspects.
Officers from Newark, Fremont and the California Highway Patrol scanned the area for about three hours and found the driver, Carlos Morales-Villela, 19, of East Palo Alto, hiding in a backyard in the 8200 block of Mayhews Landing Road, Carroll said. The two other suspects have not yet been found.
The house on ¿Madelaine Drive was burglarized before the arrest, and a large amount of stolen property was found inside the suspects' vehicle, Carroll said.
"There was a lot of property in that vehicle," Carroll said. "There may be more than one home, and other victims involved."
Morales-Villela was to be booked on charges including residential burglary, evading police, resisting arrest, prowling and hit and run, Carroll said.