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Standoff With Robbery Suspect in Downey

Police are searching for three robbery suspects in Downey Friday afternoon, after they evaded investigators during an earlier search.

At lease one of the suspects was believed to be barricaded inside a house on Brunache Street beginning around 1 p.m., but investigators said the home was empty when it was searched around 5:30 p.m.

Police later said they were looking for three suspects, all of whom were wearing black, hooded sweatshirts at the time of the robbery.

Neighbors told NBC4 the situation included a home invasion, but investigators did not immediately confirm and it is unknkown if anyone aside from the suspect was thought to be in the house.

Two nearby schools were briefly placed on lockdown earlier in the afternoon.

Around 2 p.m., Old River Elementary School at 11995 Old River School Road confirmed that it was keeping students inside classrooms because of the unspecified situation. In a tweet, the school said all students were safe.

Nearby Stauffer Middle School also confirmed by Twitter that it was on lockdown because of the situation.

At 2:30 p.m., Downey Unified School District's director of student services said the schools were no longer on lockdown and parents were allowed to pick up their students.

The police activity was isolated to a home several blocks away from the schools, Dr. Robert Jagielski said.

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