Three schools in Carpinteria were put on lockdown mode earlier this morning after a robbery incident that took place at a convenient store on the 500 block of Linden Ave. Aliso, Canalino, and Carpinteria Middle School were all put on lockdown mode for about two and a half hours today while the Sheriff’s Department conducted a search for the suspect.
Witnesses say the man entered the store around 8AM and threatened a clerk with a knife. He then stabbed the clerk in the chest before taking off. No word yet on the condition of the clerk. Meanwhile Sheriff’s deputies, along with a helicopter and K-9 unit searched the surrounding area for the suspect. A few hours later the suspect was taken into custody and the lockdown at the schools was lifted.
By the way... my sister Julia was at Aliso School during the lock down with the kids. She works part of her day at Aliso and part of her day at Canalino. So either way, she would have been on lock down at one school or the other. And when they're on lock down it is literally, physically on LOCK DOWN. They could not go ANYWHERE. The entire time! They had to use trash cans to pee in... good times good times... Luckily I was able to keep in touch with her through text. So that was comforting. And of course the kids had no idea what was going on. But I can't imagine how much of the school's day is just turned upside down because of this. THREE schools, pretty much most of the school district was on lock down for about three hours. That's a lot of adults and kids that are affected by this because some stupid idiot tries to rob a store. It's just really upsetting on so many levels...
I hope the clerk is ok. Their condition is still not known at the time of this posting. I'm trying to find out more on the suspect. All I know is he's described as black and either a teen or young man in his twenties.
And this is the second incident in CARP! in just a few days! WAY too close to home!