SAN JOSE -- Scores of officers descended upon an unincorporated neighborhood in East San Jose after a Thursday morning home-invasion robbery, quickly apprehending four suspects while a fifth evaded capture despite a manhunt that lasted more than four hours.

The sheriff's office was alerted to the crime on the 14000 block of Chrisland Avenue around 11:20 a.m., according to Capt. Rick Sung.

"Deputies got there within seconds," he said. "One just happened to be right in the area."

Sung said the deputy drove up to the home and saw at least four suspects in front, one of them holding the unspecified stolen items.

"He saw the deputy, did a 180, and they all ran toward the back of the house," Sung said.

After a quick pursuit, during which they were joined by San Jose police officers, four men were detained without incident. They then set up a perimeter around the surrounding four square blocks and started scouring the area for a fifth suspect reported by the victims.

Sung said about 35 sheriff's deputies and over 20 San Jose police officer joined the search, including a canine unit and a helicopter.

They found a handgun tossed on a rooftop near the crime scene, but were not able to locate the fifth man or a reported second pistol used in the crime. At least three schools were placed on lockdown, Sung said, including the Tahoma Summit charter school on Story Road.


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Students said their classes were locked down just before noon and they remained in their classes until about 3:50 p.m.

Minh Ly, who was picking up his Freshman daughter shortly after the campus reopened, said he got a text message from her around 12:30 p.m., saying the school was being locked down because of a search for gunmen and that she was scared.

"I told her to just keep texting me every 10 minutes so I know she's safe," Ly said.

After the area was opened back up to traffic, Sung said residents were still being advised to stay inside.

Sung said it was not known whether the home was targeted, nor the nature of the invasion. He said two adult females and two infants were home at the time, and none were injured.

Three of the arrested men hail from San Francisco and one from Hayward, Sung said. He said their ages range from 18 to 30.

A description of the outstanding suspect was not available.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.