According to Sgt. John Walker of the Patterson Police Services, a man looking out of the second story window of his house noticed two people going through the back door of another home on the corner of American Eagle Parkway and Peregrine Drive. Knowing the house belonged to one of the school’s campus supervisors, the neighbor called the school to share what he was seeing.
Deputy Adrian Carillo, who was assigned to the school, walked over to the house to investigate. About the same time, the two male suspects — a 17-year-old and a 25-year-old — hopped the backyard fence and started running through the neighborhood.
As backup arrived, Walker says he ordered the school’s lockdown — in this case, students were kept inside behind locked doors.
“The main concern is when you have a chase going on, you don’t want the chase to happen on campus,” said Principal Shawn Posey, who said that although the suspects never entered the campus, the lockdown avoided a potentially bad situation.
Posey said that four times a year, the school practices lockdowns so when something like this happens, students and staff are prepared. To him, Wednesday’s incident went smoothly.
Police chased the juvenile suspect for some time, as he removed the outer layers of his clothing while running through backyards and hopping fences. He eventually ran into deputies and was arrested.
The other suspect, later identified as Joseph Louis of Grayson, was found standing in the front yard of a house.
Though no property was taken from the broken-into home, Walker says it looked as though the two suspects had been preparing to take things. Instead, they fled.
Both suspects are being charged with residential burglary. The juvenile suspect, who is from outside the Patterson area, was booked into juvenile hall in Modesto; Louis was sent to Stanislaus County Jail in Modesto.