NORWALK (CBSLA) – A suspect has been detained in connection with a bomb threat which forced evacuations at Cerritos College in Norwalk Tuesday, and later prompted the school to cancel classes for the day.
Just before 2 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that a suspect had been detained and all remaining classes for the day had been canceled. The all-clear was given around 2:10 p.m. and the campus was declared safe.READ MORE: Mayor Eric Garcetti Urges Property Owners To Sign Up For City's New Program
The incident began nearly two hours earlier, when Cerritos College first reported that it had received a possible threat focused in the “drop-off area near the
Administrative Building” at the campus in the 11000 block of Alondra Boulevard.
It all started when a suspect “walked into one of our classrooms and said that he was a terrorist and had a bomb with him,” college President Jose Fierro said.READ MORE: Restaurants Hopeful Orange County Will Soon Move To Red Tier, Allowing Indoor Dining To Resume
The threat prompted some evacuations and a campus-wide shelter-in-place order.
“This is not a drill,” the college tweeted.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene and students, faculty and staff of some buildings were evacuated, while others were told to shelter in place.MORE NEWS: Former California State Senator John Moorlach Infected With COVID-19
The suspect’s name was not immediately released. It was unknown whether the person is a student at the college.