CORONA DEL MAR — Four Corona del Mar schools were briefly locked down Thursday as Newport Beach police searched the area for an estranged husband accused of hitting his wife.
For more than an hour, kids and faculty from Lincoln Elementary School, Harbor Day School, Pacific Shores Day School and Newport Center United Methodist Preschool were kept in their classrooms until police cleared the area without finding their man.
The suspect, 47-year-old Mark Ward from Nevada, did not pose a danger to the kids, police said.
Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials said Lincoln Elementary was shut down as a precautionary measure.
Police said they received a call about 1:20 p.m. that Ward had just attacked his estranged wife in her apartment in the 2600 block of San Joaquin Hills Road, across the street from Lincoln Elementary.