Man Arrested on Weapons Charges Following Incident at Castro Valley Community Center
A man was recently arrested on weapons charges following a brief standoff with police, prompting the lockdown of a nearby elementary school.
According to a press release by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, local deputies responded to the Castro Valley Community Center on the afternoon of Friday, June 2, to investigate a report of a male subject with what appeared to be blood on his shirt, parked in the center’s parking lot on Lake Chanot Road. The situation reportedly led to a temporary lockdown of nearby Chabot Elementary as a precautionary measure.
Upon arrival, the first responding deputy reportedly noticed a semi-automatic pistol, later identified as a Springfield XD .45, resting on the subject’s lap. The deputy took cover and immediately called for backup. Efforts were made to establish communication with the individual and ensure his well-being. The subject, who remained inside his vehicle, refused to follow initial verbal commands, causing concerns among the deputies.
Law enforcement officials employed de-escalation tactics while ensuring the safety of those in the vicinity. Specialized units, including Crisis Intervention, UAV, and K9 teams, were deployed to the scene to assist in the operation.
After several minutes of negotiations, the suspect eventually agreed to exit the vehicle with his hands raised. From there, however, he reportedly continued to resist efforts to place him in the patrol vehicle. Deputies eventually took him into custody without further incident.
During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, authorities reportedly discovered a second .45 Glock pistol along with two loaded magazines. The suspect was later booked into the Santa Rita jail on suspicion of possession of a firearm in a school zone, possession of a concealed firearm, and resisting arrest.
Law enforcement investigations indicate that the suspect had been living in his vehicle and may have chosen to park at the community center for rest. Officials have emphasized that there is no evidence to suggest that the community center or the nearby school were specifically targeted for any violent acts.
Police have not released the suspect’s name. The investigation remains ongoing as law enforcement continues to gather additional information.