Suspect in Custody after Point Dume Elementary Locked Down Today

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A suspect was apprehended by local sheriff’s deputies Tuesday morning, May 8, near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Kanan Dume Road—during an incident that caused a “10- to 15-minute” lockdown at Point Dume Elementary School.

“A little while ago we were informed by the sheriff’s department to have Point Dume on lockdown,” Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District spokesperson Gail Pinsker said in a phone interview with The Malibu Times around 1:25 p.m. “It was locked down for 10 to 15 minutes. The lockdown was released and we immediately sent an email to all of our parents letting them know the situation and that all the students and staff performed well, just as they do in regular drills.”

Watch Commander Minster at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station said a call came in of a male with a knife at 11:08 a.m. Tuesday morning. Minster confirmed the suspect was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies at the 29000 block of PCH.

“It was right at 11:58 that we learned about it,” Pinsker said. “By 12:01 I got a text that the lockdown is over. So clearly, you know, I was notified a few minutes after it started. It’s my understanding it was only about 10 minutes or so.”

Pinsker said Point Dume was back to “business as usual” by Tuesday afternoon.