• Scoop on Erroneous Report of Suspect’s Apprehension 11/6/14

    On Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 a.m. an intruder, identified as Jason Rutt, entered an unlocked Pacific Grove residence in the 600 block of Acorn Court. He also entered two other garages that were not locked. As he had not been detained by the time students were expected at area schools,  “soft lockdown” was issued and the school district issued notice to parents and guardians of students at Forest Grove elementary, Pacific Grove Community High School, Monterey Bay Charter School and Pacific Grove High School. Later, an email was sent which stated that the suspect had been apprehended and that the soft lockdown was lifted. But the suspect had not been taken into custody.

    Pacific Grove Police have released a report on how the erroneous email was sent out yesterday by the Pacific Grove Unified School District, one which advised parents/guardians that a suspect had been detained in the matter of a burglary in the neighborhood.

    Shortly after the suspect was identified, Pacific Grove Police and a Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Canine Team located a male who matched the suspect’s physical characteristics and who was wearing similar clothing The make was stopped and questioned to determine his identity. Officers properly advised over the radio that a subject was detained. Once officers determine the make was not Jason Rutt, the person was free to go.

    Hearing over the radio that a person was detained and then finding out that officers ended the search, a Pacific Grove police officer erroneously advised the Pacific Grove Unified School District that Jason Rutt had been apprehended. Based on the information received from the police officer, the District sent out a second notification advising the suspect was apprehended.

    At approximately 4:55 p.m. on Nov. 6, Jason Rutt was apprehended by the Pacific Grove Police Department after he was sighted by a retired Pacific Grove Police officer. His family’s home is on Syida.

    The police department issued a thank-you to the Sheriff’s office, the school district, the media and the community. They also reminded the community to properly secure their residences, vehicles, and property. “Do not become a victim of opportunity. Help us to help you,” the notice said.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 7, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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