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Bomb threat prompts school evacuation

The incident happened at Fair Oaks Elementary School

A bomb threat prompted the evacuation of an elementary school in North Fair Oaks Tuesday (Oct. 11), the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported.

At about 11:05 a.m., the principal of Fair Oaks Elementary School called 911 to report that a man had approached a school security guard and said there was a bomb on campus, which is located at 2950 Fair Oaks Ave., the Sheriff's Office said.

The suspect, who walked away south on Fair Oaks Boulevard, did not say anything about where the bomb might have been hidden.

Sheriff's deputies and school staff evacuated students to a safe area on the campus perimeter.

A San Mateo County sheriff's bomb squad responded and searched the campus. Deputies did not find any suspicious items or any potentially explosive device.

The suspect was described as a "chubby" Hispanic man between 20 and 25 years old, around 5 feet 11 inches tall. He had a shaved head and dark goatee, and was seen wearing a blue shirt, khaki shorts, white socks and dark athletic shoes.

A dark-colored four-door sedan, possibly a Nissan, was seen leaving the area shortly after the threat was made, but it is not known if the vehicle was connected to the suspect.

All of the students were accounted for, according to the Sheriff's Office. Some were picked up by their parents and others returned to class after the campus was searched.

Anyone who might have witnessed the event or with information regarding the suspect is urged to contact the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office detective bureau at (650) 363-1536.

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