A 25-year-old man suspected of pointing a gun at students in a Mount San Jacinto College cafeteria was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday after a more than three-hour campus lockdown, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.
Reports of a man with a gun on campus at about 9:30 a.m. spurred calls for students and staff to shelter in place as a sheriff’s SWAT team swept through the San Jacinto campus, searching for the armed man.
The suspect, Greg Abejon, was detained hours later at LAX while trying check in for a flight "in an attempt to flee the country," the Sheriff's Department said.
Multiple people had told deputies they saw a man, who they recognized as a student, walking through campus with a gun, according to authorities. The school has not confirmed whether Abejon is enrolled at the college.
“He entered the cafeteria, where there were students, walked up to a table, pointed the firearm at them and then exited the building,” Riverside Sheriff's Deputy Robyn Flores said on Facebook.
No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, Flores said.
As the lockdown continued, deputies were also seen searching for the suspect at his home on the 1900 block of Le Havre Lane, just a short drive away from the school.
A woman who lives next door, Chris Barclay, described being frightened as one of her daughters was sheltered at the college, and the other was home while deputies surrounded her neighbor's house.
Barclay said Abejon always seemed like a "good kid" and was typically quiet.
The incident also prompted lockdowns at Clayton Record Jr. Elementary, San Jacinto Leadership Academy and the Betty G. Gibbel Regional Learning Center.
Students were let out of the college campus and all lockdowns were lifted by 1:20 p.m. Some 500 people were on campus at the time, authorities said.
All classes were canceled for the day, school officials said.
The college said counselors will be available to meet with anyone adversely affected when classes resume Thursday.
Abejon was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats and brandishing a firearm, sheriff's officials said.
Anyone with information was asked to call the sheriff’s dispatch at 951-776-1099.