Suspect barricaded inside Elk Grove home causes lockdown at nearby elementary school

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ELK GROVE, Calif. (KTXL) -- With an armored vehicle and police dogs at the ready, investigators worked to get a barricaded suspect to come out of his Elk Grove house.

It all started around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, with a search warrant at a Denali Circle home.

Willy Ong, 40, in a mugshot provided by the Elk Grove Police Department.

“The suspect, who had an active warrant out for his arrest, was confirmed here at the location,” said Elk Grove Police Officer Jason Jimenez. “We attempted to make contact with him, get him to surrender, however, he refused.”

Police say they watched 40-year-old Willy Ong driving out of the garage. Ong was already wanted for missing a court date related to previous charges of resisting arrest.

When officers tried to contact Ong, he drove back into the garage and refused to come out.

Knowing Ong was likely armed, the school right across the street, Zehnder Ranch Elementary, went into lockdown.

Zohra Samizay rushed to the school to make sure her 4-year-old daughter was OK.

“As a parent, that freaks you out,” Samizay told FOX40. “To figure out what was going on exactly, it’s just so scary with all the other stuff going on around the world.”

Police eventually took matters into their own hands to get Ong into custody by tearing down the garage door. They found him there and took him into custody around 1:30 p.m.

At the school, parents were able to breathe a sigh of relief as the lockdown was lifted.

But William Ong, who was far from relieved, said the suspect is his son.

“I’m not trying to protect my son, I want him to get help. I know, maybe he’s mentally ill, you know?” Ong said.

Willy Ong was arrested in December for making criminal threats, violating a restraining order and resisting arrest. Police say he will now face another charge of resisting arrest, as well as possession of a controlled substance, and has been booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail.

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