Schools Put on Lockdown as Police Search for Armed Man

Updated: El Dorado Middle, Westwood Elementary and Concord High were put on lockdown late Monday afternoon as police searched for 29-year-old Sean Rosevear. He was apprehended just after 5 p.m. by a police dog and sustained bite injuries.

Students participating in afterhours programs at three local schools were forced to remain on campus late Monday afternoon as police pursued a suspect.

The 29 year-old Concord resident and parolee, Sean Rosevear, has been wanted by Concord police since last Monday, Sept. 17, when police received information that he was armed with a handgun in the 4000 block of Forestview Dr., according to Lt. David Hughes. When police tried to arrest Rosevear, he fled, prompting a ground and air search that was not successful. 

This time, when police tried to detain Rosevear late Monday afternoon in the same area, he abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot into the neighborhood. Officers established a perimeter around the area and an air unit from the California Highway patrol assisted in the search.

Nearby El Dorado Middle, Westwood Elementary and Concord High were put on lockdown around 4:30 p.m. for safety reasons, police said.

About 125 Concord High School students were still on campus, the Contra Costa Times reports, and El Dorado Middle School had had around the same number. Westwood Elementary had just "a few" students still on the campus, an employee told the Times.

Police, along with a K9 unit and a California Highway Patrol plane, searched house-to-house in the neighborhood of Live Oak, Forestview and Poplar avenues — a block or so east of the schools on West Street.

Just after 5 p.m., Rosevear was found by a Concord Police K9 underneath a house in the 4000 block of Forestview Dr. where he was hiding in a crawlspace. According to a police statement, he refused to surrender to the officers, and "was subsequently apprehended by the K9 and placed into custody." Two officers and the K9 received minor injuries during Rosevear’s arrest, police said.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital pending transfer to county jail in Martinez, according to police. The investigation is continuing, but police say Rosevear will be booked for a parole violation, resisting arrest causing injury, causing injury to a police dog, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a stolen vehicle. 

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