Police Press Release
TO: All Media Agencies
FROM: Sergeant Glenn Walkup, Martinez Police Department
CONTACT: Detective Sergeant Jon Sylvia (925) 372-3450
DATE: February 26, 2010
SUBJECT: Residential Burglary suspect’s arrested/Hidden Valley
Elementary school locked down during search
At 1241 PM the Martinez Police dispatch received a call from a citizen stating a man was
pointing a firearm at two male subjects on Ashwood Dr. MPD officers arrived within
minutes and determined that the man with the gun was an off duty deputy sheriff with
Alameda County. The deputy came home and saw that his front door had been forced
open. He then saw three suspects running from his residence. He confronted the suspects
and detained one on the ground until officers arrived. The other two suspects fled on foot
in the area. It was determined that the suspects had stolen a shotgun from the residence.
Officers were conducting an area search for the suspects and saw a subject walking in the
open field area behind Hidden Valley Elementary School. The subject fled from the
officers and an extensive search was conducted. The PHPD and CCC Sheriff’s
departments assisted in the search. Hidden Valley Elementary School administration was
immediately contacted and they implemented a lock down procedure. Parents were
contacted via an automated system and advised of the lockdown and not to come to the
school until cleared to do so. MPD did so as a safety precaution; however, do not believe
the suspects ever entered school property.
MPD called in one of our off duty canine officers to assist in the search. K9 Officer
Leong located a subject in the area and made contact with him. That suspect was
identified by the deputy sheriff as being one of the suspects that fled from his residence.
Once the second suspect was arrested MPD contacted the school and advised the school
to allow parents to pick up their children.
The third suspect was not located. MPD conducted secondary searches for the shotgun
but were unable to locate it. The suspects refused to disclose where the shotgun may have
been discarded. The two suspects arrested were identified as, Jason Ward 2/29/80 and
Joel Jackson 7/26/79, both of Vallejo. They were both booked at MDF on residential
The MPD would like to remind parents to follow the instructions of school administration
during lock down procedures. While we realize parents are worried about their child’s
safety it is recommended to listen to the news and wait for a call updating the situation.
When lockdown procedures are in place school teachers and the administration are
extremely busy taking care of the students. They are following the instructions and
recommendations of the police department. The arrival of parents after a lockdown
procedure is implemented creates numerous safety problems for the school and police.