Man Escapes After 4-Hour S.W.A.T. Standoff
It started when police received a shots fired call around around 10:00 this morning.
Police were told the suspect, 23-year-old Juan Rivas, fled to a home on the 500 block of North Elm Street.
A SWAT team team from Yakima was called in after they believe Rivas, a known gang member, barricaded himself in.
Officers were able to arrest several people who were also holed up in the home, however, Rivas had already fled and was nowhere to be found.
One neighbor says she is worried the suspect may still be at large, and could return to the area.
"My biggest concern is that the got away, and you don't know what's going to happen," said Carrie Measel, "It's kind of scary to know that he got away because it might happen again, and then someone might end up hurt [this time]."
"We know that he's been around the valley," said Toppenish Police Chief Adam Diaz, "We hope that he turns up, and if anyone has any information on where he's staying, they call the police department, and we'll be out looking for him."
Neighbors tell us the home has been visited by police in the past, however, today's standoff was the largest response so far.
Both Toppenish Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School were placed on full lockdown during the standoff.
Kids were able to return home on time.