Search for suspected burglar in West Oakland home comes up empty
on September 13, 2012
Reports that an armed man had broken into a West Oakland home early Thursday morning prompted an an all-day search for him, but by late afternoon police officers at the scene said he had not been found inside the home.
Oakland Police Department spokesperson Officer Johnna Watson said police responded to a tripped burglar alarm on the 1400 block of 12th Street in West Oakland at around 9:30 am. Witnesses said the suspect broke into the single family home, which is on a residential street near a park. The family that lives in the home is safe, Watson said.
Some people standing near the scene said they had heard gunfire earlier this afternoon, but Watson said the noises were caused by beanbag rounds fired by the police outside the home as a distraction strategy sometime between 2:30 and 3 pm.
Police entered the home late Thursday afternoon to search for the man, but by 4:45 Watson announced that they did not find him in the home. A SWAT team and a hostage negotiations team were also called to the scene, but there was no hostage situation, Watson said.
Police initially cordoned off Kirkham Street to Center Street and 11th Street to West Grand Avenue using police cars and police tape. Around 4:30, about a dozen police officers were visible on the street, along with a small crowd of about 25 bystanders. As of 4:55 pm, police officers began to take down tape and traffic began to flow along the streets again.
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