Search for Robbery Suspect Prompts Lockdowns at PCC, Caltech

PASADENA (CNS) – A man suspected of robbery was taken into custody after fleeing into a parking structure at Pasadena City College, causing the school and nearby Caltech to go on lockdown.

Pasadena Police Department officers began tracking the man suspected of stealing a lawnmower about 2 p.m. in the 100 block of Verdugo Avenue in Glendora, according to police and reports from NBC4.

Authorities followed the man as he drove his vehicle to a parking structure at Pasadena City College, prompting the college and Caltech to go on lockdown about 3:45 p.m. out of an abundance of caution, according to the police and statements from the two colleges.

“If not on campus, do not come to campus,” Caltech tweeted Thursday afternoon. “If on campus, please remain in place until you receive a release of the lock down order.”

Pasadena police confirmed the man had been found and detained by about 4:50 p.m. His name was not immediately released.

Lockdown orders at the two colleges had yet to be lifted as of about 5:05 p.m., though preliminary reports indicated there was no further threat to the public, according to police. However, Pasadena City College announced all 5 p.m. classes at the school were cancelled due to the police activity.

No further details were immediately available.

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