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Armed Suspects on Biola's Campus
La Mirada is a pretty peaceful area, especially on the campus of Biola. So when something happens on campus, it makes the news. Here are several news stories about an incident on campus December 4.
My Summary: two criminals fled the police onto campus, one got away and the other hid in the cafeteria for several hours. They evacuated several dorms, and made people who were in the library stay there till 4am.
|The following email was sent to the whole Biola community
around 4:00am, December 5th.
|Several Local News Stories|
KNBC's web site
Carjacking Suspect Holes Up Inside College Cafeteria
LA MIRADA, Calif., 8:33 a.m. PST December 5, 2002 - A man suspected of carjacking who was holed up in the cafeteria of a private Christian university was arrested early Thursday after a five-hour standoff, authorities said.
Edward Hixon, 20, of La Habra was found shortly after 3:15 a.m., hiding in the attic above the cafeteria at Biola University, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Varela.
Hixon was unarmed and arrested without incident. He was booked for investigation of carjacking and held on $100,000 bail.
About 500 students in nearby dorms were evacuated and sent to other campus buildings, school officials said. About 100 students who were studying in the library were forced to stay there until 2 a.m.
"We had to evacuate about eight buildings on our campus, two residence halls. We were able to take (students) to another residence hall to secure them there ... Other locations, such as the student union building, were evacuated," university spokeswoman Irene Neller said.
Authorities said Hixon and another man carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint about 10 p.m. Wednesday near the school. Sheriff's deputies chased the vehicle until the men got out and fled on foot through the campus. The 19-year-old carjacking victim was not injured.
Hixon ran into the cafeteria but the other man fled and has not been found.
Biola is an accredited private university founded in 1908. The university offers 145 academic programs that it says are based on evangelical Christianity.
Christian College Invaded By Swat Team
December 5, 2002, 7:03 AM PST
LA MIRADA -- An armed standoff on a college campus has ended with the arrest of one suspect.
It came to an end about 3:15 a.m. (PST) Thursday at Biola University in La Mirada. Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies said two carjacking suspects stole a car about 10:00 p.m. Wednesday. The car and the suspects were found a short time later near the campus. The men were chased to the school, where one of them ran into the cafeteria. He finally gave up after several hours of negotiations.
SWAT officers found him hiding in a hole in the ceiling in the cafeteria. He was later arrested.
The other man remained at large.
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|Orange County Register
Thursday, December 5, 2002
Police arrest La Habra man after standoff
Authorities say suspect carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint
Web Site Link to Story
The Orange County Register
A 20-year old carjacking suspect from La Habra was arrested early Thursday after a five hour standoff at Biola University that caused the evacuation of several hundred students from their dorms, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported.
Edward Hixon, 20, of La Habra was found hiding in the attic above the cafeteria on the La Mirada campus of the Christian university. Two handguns were found at the scene, said Deputy Ramiro Juarez.
The incident began at about 10:15 p.m. with a two men carjacking a vehicle at gunpoint near the school. The 19-year old victim was not injured. Deputies chased the car until the two men fled on foot into the campus. Hixon ran into the cafeteria and the other man is still at large.
Juarez said that the standoff required several hundred students to be evacuated from nearby dormitories until it ended at about 3:20 a.m.
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