FULLERTON, California - College senior Raymond Yankiling found himself locked in a classroom for over five hours as police searched for a bank robbery suspect within the California State University Fullerton campus.
It was supposed to have been Yankiling’s last day of school lectures before graduation.
“It was a shock at first, but then the hours went by and we just started getting bored and hoping they don’t forget to evacuate us. We were bored and hungry,” said Yankiling as he left campus.
The incident began as five suspects robbed a pawn shop in Moreno Valley and fled. A high speed chase led the five men to Fullerton. Two were arrested near the school, while a third was arrested in Watts. The remaining two suspects, believed to be armed and dangerous, escaped.
At least one was believed to be hiding at California State University Fullerton, while another is believed to be near the area, forcing school officials to cancel classes and lock down the school on Wednesday afternoon.
Helicopter and car patrols combed the area into the night. As buildings were evacuated one by one, students were escorted by SWAT officers.
“I actually have a final tomorrow and then I’m hungry and tired and I feel I can’t concentrate because I’m thinking about this lockdown,” explained Sabrina Orinon, a junior.
After the lockdown failed to turn up the suspects on campus, classes resumed with a police presence on Thursday. The school’s website thanked the students for cooperating during the lockdown.