ESCONDIDO (CBS 8/CNS) - A 17-year-old boy who is wanted for assault and who was thought to be keeping SWAT officers at bay while in an Escondido apartment was at large Wednesday, having apparently escaped even before the purported standoff began, authorities said.
The boy, who is being sought as a suspect in a case of assault with a deadly weapon, fled into an apartment in the 900 block of East Mission Avenue after being stopped by officers around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police were convinced the suspect was barricaded inside the apartment and called a SWAT team around 7:45 p.m. as well as a San Diego Sheriff's Department K-9 team, UT San Diego reported. The suspect was believed to be armed or to have access to firearms, said Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin.
When SWAT officers entered the apartment around midnight, they found it empty, said Escondido police Lt. Al Owens. It appears the boy "busted out of the area" before extra police arrived at the scene, he said.
Eleven apartments in the complex were evacuated during the incident, said Escondido police Sgt. Erik Witholt.
Details about the underlying assault allegations were not immediately released.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Escondido Police Department.