An armed bank robber wearing a Spider-Man mask eluded a police dragnet that forced lockdowns at three Simi Valley schools and an order for residents to stay inside their homes, officials said.
Pinecrest School, Leaps & Bounds Academy and Simi Valley High School were locked down as a precaution while police searched for a man armed with a pistol and wearing a homemade Spider-Man mask, police said.
The lockdowns were lifted before noon after a search failed to find the robber. The FBI joined local police in the investigation.
The man, described as 5 foot 9, was wearing a red and blue hoody sweatshirt and carrying a black backpack with the image of the Tazmanian Devil. He was last seen wearing blue pants with a stripe down the outside legs and a red shirt or sweatshirt.
He was wanted in connection with a robbery at 10 a.m. at a Chase Bank in the 5100 block of Los Angeles Avenue.
He was last seen running northeast through the parking lot toward an Albertson’s market.
Police fanned out using a SWAT Team, dogs and a helicopter to search for the robber in the area of Los Angeles Avenue and the Ronald Reagan Freeway between Tapo Street and Stow Street.
People were being asked to stay inside their homes during the search.
Parents of Pinecrest and Leaps & Bounds were being asked not to respond to the campuses until they received additional information on when and how to pick up their children.
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