Photo by Alexander Nguyen
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A search for a domestic violence suspect led to lockdowns at three schools in Santa Fe Springs Monday before the 21-year-old man being sought by police was found and taken into custody.

Whittier police officers, who also patrol Santa Fe Springs, responded about 2:50 p.m. to a crash in the 10700 block of Pioneer Boulevard and learned the wreck was the result of a “domestic violence altercation,” authorities said.

“The suspect fled the scene on foot and was last seen entering the campus of a local high school,” according to a police statement. “The school was immediately locked down and a containment was set up.”

Police said the locked-down school was Santa Fe High and that nearby Lake Center Middle School and Lakeview Elementary were also locked down while officers canvassed the area.

About an hour into the search, the suspect was located and taken into custody, according to police.

“Aside from the original domestic violence incident, there were no other reported injuries,” according to the police statement.

The suspect, identified as Michael Anthony Caballero of Norwalk, was booked at the Whittier city jail on suspicion of domestic violence, felony child endangerment, making criminal threats and parole violations, police said.

Caballero was being held without bail and was due in court in Bellflower on Wednesday, police said.

— City News Service

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