Three Chula Vista elementary schools went into precautionary lockdown for about an hour today as authorities searched for a semi-nude probationer who fled from federal agents trying to take him into custody on outstanding warrants.
The suspect bolted, wearing a black T-shirt and naked from the waist down, when members of a regional fugitive task force approached him in a neighborhood near Otay Park about 10 a.m., according to police.
Administrators at Loma Verde, Otay and St. Pius X schools secured all pupils inside their classrooms as authorities searched the area for the man, who was wanted on suspicion of probation violations, Lt. Buddy Magor said.
The suspect, who apparently was unarmed, managed to elude arrest.
All three campuses lifted their lockdowns about 11:30 a.m., the lieutenant said.
Deputy federal marshals continued searching the area for the fugitive into the afternoon, according to Magor.