Roosevelt holds drill at same time police search for suspect in neighborhood


It looked like a pretty serious situation for a while around midday Tuesday.

A local school going into lockdown as Taft Police and Kern County Sheriff’s patrol cars converged on the area.

But it was all a coincidence.
Police and deputies were looking for a suspect in a residential area near several schools, Taft Police Lt. Ed Whiting said.

About the time the police were in the area, Roosevelt School held a lockdown drill, Principal Nancy Hickernell said.
She said school officials had no knowledge of the police activity.

Whiting said police never ordered any school to be placed on lockdown.

Whiting said officers received information from another law enforcement agency that a fugitive with a history of child molestation, spousal abuse and assault was reported in the residential neighborhood, which he declined to specify.

He also declined to identify the suspect.

Police and deputies searched the area and contacted neighbors, who told him the man was seen in the area in the past several days.

However, officers soon developed information that the suspect was in Bakersfield, and halted their search and passed the information along to the Sheriff’s metro division, Whiting said.