Luke Air Force Base and a nearby school were on lockdown while deputies searched for a sexual assault suspect who also jumped a fence at the base.
The incident happened before noon Thursday around the Glendale base near Litchfield Road and Glendale Avenue.
According to Luke AFB on Twitter, the 56th SFS responded in coordination with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office when a suspect being pursued by MCSO jumped a perimeter fence at Luke.
However, the suspect was apprehended and is in custody. No personnel were injured.
MCSO said the suspect was wanted for sexual assault. He was identified through a Form IV document at Jordan Mitchell Loftin, 20, of El Mirage.
MCSO had initially responded to a sexual assault call in Litchfield Park. Court documents indicate a 42-year-old woman was jogging in the area when a man on a bike ran into her. She was then forced at gunpoint into sexual acts with the suspect. Afterwards, the suspect fled with the victim’s phone.
He was later spotted on the campus of Luke Elementary School, which went into lockdown.
The suspect jumped a fence into Luke AFB, prompting a lockdown there, and ran into a home. He then forced a 16-year-old girl to hide him in a closet. The girl texted a friend, who then contacted Luke AFB authorities about the suspect’s location.
The suspect was then arrested in the backyard. Authorities located a firearm and recovered the first victim’s phone.
Despite Luke Elementary going into lockdown, the Dysart Unified School District tweeted no students were on campus since the school year for the district has ended.
Mr. Loftin was identified as the suspect and was subsequently booked into jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond.
**UPDATE – as of 12:05pm **
The 56th SFS responded in coordination with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office when a suspect being pursued by MCSO jumped the Luke AFB perimeter fence.
The suspect has been apprehended and is in custody. No personnel were injured.
— Luke Air Force Base (@LukeAFB) May 23, 2019
The lockdown at Luke Elementary School has ended. https://t.co/78j4alJpGS
— Dysart District (@DysartUSD) May 23, 2019