Search for murder suspect prompts lockdown of Tierrasanta schools

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Five Tierrasanta schools went into lockdown for about
90 minutes Tuesday as authorities searched for a homicide suspect out of Anaheim
who fled from officers and disappeared into the neighborhood to evade arrest.

The precautionary security measures at De Portola Middle School, Serra
High, and Kumeyaay, Tierrasanta and Vista Grande elementary schools went into
effect about 1 p.m., after San Diego police reported that fugitive Matthew
Rowley, 22, was at large in the vicinity, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said.

Officers also closed down stretches of several streets while combing the
area on foot and scanning it from above by helicopter, according to Hassen.

About 2:30 p.m., administrators began lifting the lockdowns, said Jack
Brandais, a spokesman for San Diego Unified School District. Pupils at Kumeyaay
Elementary, the closest campus to the spot where the suspect disappeared, were
bused to the community's nearby high school as an added safety precaution,
according to Brandais.

Rowley remained at large in the mid-afternoon, SDPD public-affairs Lt.
Andra Brown said.

Details on the slaying allegedly committed by the suspect were not
immediately available.

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