Pursuit of suspect prompts Air Force base lockdown

MANHUNT: Officers with the Guam Police Department conduct a search along the perimeter fence of Andersen Air Force Base in Yigo on Wednesday night. Dontana Keraskes/The Guam Daily Post

A pursuit of a suspect ended in Yigo and resulted in a lockdown at Andersen Air Force Base on Wednesday night when a male individual allegedly plowed through the front gate, crashed the vehicle and then fled into the jungle.

The lockdown occurred around 9 p.m. and was lifted about an hour later.

The Guam Police Department has not released any details.

Officers close to the investigation told The Guam Daily Post that officers were pursuing a home invasion suspect who was driving a Toyota Sequoia. The pursuit began in Tumon and ended when the suspect hit the Andersen gate and fled on foot into the jungle.

During the lockdown, Andersen Air Force Base personnel were instructed to implement lockdown procedures and urged base residents and personnel to immediately take shelter. A helicopter with search lights was seen hovering over the perimeter. Guam police officers were seen in the area searching west of the main fence. 

The message posted on the AAFB Facebook page stated, in part: "Lock all doors. This is not an exercise. All vehicles attempting to enter the front gate were turned away."

Andersen's public affairs office was not available for comment as of press time.