Fresno police lock down Manchester Center, neighboring area over armed student

The Fresno Police Department locked down the Manchester Center and neighboring areas Thursday afternoon after the Clovis Police Department alerted them about an armed student possibly heading to his school somewhere in the vicinity.

Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said the department “had an army” out there looking for the suspect, who was reportedly driving a red BMW. Officers heard the suspect stole a semi-automatic rifle and ammunition from his father, who believed the teenager may be “going to school.”

The three adult schools at Manchester Center, as well as several other schools in nearby neighborhoods, were locked down for over an hour while police searched for the suspect’s vehicle.

Police eventually used GPS to locate the armed man’s cell phone. They found the BMW parked at a home in the 100 block of South Argyle Avenue and arrested the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Athwal Joban Singh, on a grand theft of a firearm charge.

Clovis police learned that Singh was a student at an adult school in the Manchester Center, but said it is not clear whether he actually planned to shoot anyone.