BARSTOW – A Barstow man was arrested after illegally entering a classroom at Montara Elementary School in the City of Barstow on Wednesday. At around 3:43 a.m. Barstow police responded to the school located at 700 Montara Road for the report of a motion alarm coming from inside a classroom at the school.
When they arrived they noticed that the window to the classroom where the alarm was activated was open. Officers entered the classroom to search it. A Hispanic man, later identified as 29-year-old Angelo Lopez, came out from hiding to flee from the classroom. He was able to exit the classroom with officers pursuing from close behind. He then ran into a home in the 1800 block of Sunset through an unlocked front door. Officers arrived as the owners exited the home and reported that an unknown man had just ran into their home and was hiding in a bedroom. The officers quickly found Lopez hiding inside the bedroom.
Officers confirmed that the residents did not know or have any type of connection to Lopez. Lopez was learned to have two outstanding warrants for his arrest for an unrelated battery and drug possession case. He was arrested for the warrant and for the burglary. He was transported to jail. It was later determined that no property was removed from the classroom.
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation may contact Corporal Daniel Arthur or Officer Austyn Willis at the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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- ANGELO LOPEZ: By West Midlands Police from West Midlands, United Kingdom [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons