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UPDATE: Canyon Country manhunt sparks school lockdown

Posted: October 17, 2012 3:17 p.m.
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:21 p.m.

An afternoon manhunt for a wanted parolee in Canyon Country on Wednesday afternoon prompted the temporary lockdown of Sierra Vista Junior High School, officials confirmed.

About 2 p.m., Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies scoured an area of Canyon Country near the school bounded by Stillmore Street and Whites Canyon Road, said Lt. Tom Bryski.

The man they searched for was in violation of parole but also wanted on a narcotics offense, Bryski said.

He was described as 6 foot 2 inches tall, between 160 and 170 pounds with a crewcut hair style, wearing black pants and a black shirt. He was not found during the search, Sheriff’s Department officials said.

“Sierra Vista was on lockdown this afternoon for about 30 minutes,” said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District. The lockdown order was lifted around 2:30 p.m., she said.

“We were responding to (the Sheriff’s Department) request,” Pinsker said. “The safety of our students is our No. 1 priority.”

No one was hurt in the search, Bryski said.

Pinsker said deputies asked that students be kept in the school “due to a suspect they were pursuing near the apartments across from the school.”

Although the Canyon Country manhunt was called off, deputies continued to look for him, Bryski said.

“We know who we’re looking for,” the lieutenant said.






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