UPDATE: Neighborhood Lockdown Connected to East Palo Alto

Police put neighborhood on lockdown because they were helping with an investigation linked to East Palo Alto.

Updated: 8:05 a.m. 

Newark police locked down a neighborhood in the Lake district as part of an investigation of crimes that happened in East Palo Alto and elsewhere.

SWAT teams comprised of members of the Newark and Union City police departments responded to the 5600 block of Portsmouth Avenue at 6:37 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

"We provided an outside assist for (the) East Palo Alto Police Department regarding an investigation that stemmed from their city," Commander Bob Douglas of the Newark Police Department said in an email to Patch.

Police forces were in the area throughout the night, with a SWAT team shining a light from Jarvis Avenue onto a two-story house on Portsmouth Avenue. Police and fire units were on scene until about 4:22 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Douglas did not confirm whether the crime scene is connected to  around 7:45 p.m. and traveled for about 100 miles through numerous East Bay cities, ending in the Central Valley. He referred further questions to the East Palo Alto Police Department.

No one was available for comment with the East Palo Alto police as of 8 a.m.

Around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, police spotted a vehicle registered to one of two men suspected of two murders in East Palo Alto and another in Grand Junction, CO.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled, leading police agencies and CHP on a pursuit that wound through the East Bay and ended in Lathrop. Two people were arrest, but according to the most , they were not the murder suspects.

Streets were blocked off from the 35100 block of Blackburn Drive to Portsmouth Avenue at Abington Drive during the neighborhood lockdown.

Residents on Abington Drive said they were told to stay indoors and that a person was barricaded inside of a home. Residents just arriving home were not allowed into their homes, and the streets were blocked off to traffic.

Firefighters said no injuries had been reported to their knowledge.

Newark Patch will update this report when further details are available.

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Nika Megino July 28, 2011 at 05:17 AM
I've heard that, too. Police units from Union City and Fremont are now on scene. Still no word from an official on why this neighborhood is locked down.
Maria July 28, 2011 at 05:48 AM
I really hope everyone is okay. We don't need this Newark.
James July 28, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Lockdown's are one of the best types of Incidents to cover because anything can happen. The only thing better is to capture a Police involved Foot chase, but that's rare around these parts.
Jennifer July 28, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Any update yet on this situation?
Mona Taplin July 28, 2011 at 03:47 PM
This is a scary happening, but it does show that our police are on the job doing the best they can to protect us.


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