Police vehicles and officers swarmed a Newport Shores neighborhood Tuesday afternoon in response to a report of a possible break-in.
After closing off surrounding roads and converging on a home near Colton and Lugonia streets as a precaution, officers cleared the scene without finding a suspect, according to a Newport Beach Police Department spokesperson. The unusual police presence created a scare in the quiet beachside community. According to a resident eyewitness, a helicopter circled the block overhead, and several streets were blocked off by police cars. Neighbors reported hearing police ordering a suspect to come out with his hands up. Video footage from the scene shows multiple patrol units and officers with their guns drawn and pointed at a person. That person was then handcuffed and placed in a patrol car.
However, according to the Newport Beach Police Department, there were no arrests, and it was ultimately determined that no crime had been committed. It started shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday when a caller reported seeing a person removing a screen from the window of a home in the area to police, according to Police Department Public Information Officer Heather Rangel.
Officers quickly arrived on scene and searched for a suspect in a possible break-in. However, by about 5:30 p.m., officers determined there was no evidence of a crime and began clearing the scene, Rangel said.