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Fugitive caught on San Gabriel High School athletic field after school lockdown

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Alhambra , CA United States

A fugitive who escaped from a residential custody program in El Monte was caught hiding on the north athletic field of San Gabriel High School after a search that began late Tuesday morning. According to an Alhambra Police Department press release, San Gabriel High School and Martha Baldwin Elementary were placed on lockdown while Alhambra Police and California’s Fugitive Task Force searched for the fugitive.

The press release named the suspect as Benedict Romero, who was thought to have escaped from a residence in the Alternative Custody Program after tampering with his ankle monitoring device last Friday. California’s Alternative Custody Program is a voluntary program allowing eligible offenders to serve the last 12 months of their sentences in the community instead of in state prison.

Romero first evaded police at Mission Road and Almansor Street. Their search area included the railroad tracks causeway, the San Pasqual Wash and the Alhambra Golf Course.

After apprehending Romero earlier this afternoon, police determined that Romero “had no contact with faculty/students” prior to his arrest. The lockdown was lifted at 1 pm.

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