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Man charged from disturbance that led to Beloit College lockdown

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- Police have located the handgun believed to have been used in a disturbance that led to the lockdown of Beloit College Thursday.

The Beloit Police Department says officers located a 380 caliber semi-automatic handgun after searching the parking garage of the apartment building in the 900 block of Park Avenue. Police believe this is the handgun used by the suspect, 51-year-old Jose Rodriguez, in a disturbance near campus Thursday afternoon.

According to police, Rodriguez threatened someone with a handgun, and then fled the scene before officers arrived. Officials say they later saw the suspect's vehicle pull into the Park Street apartment's parking garage.

Officers say they secured the building and began negotiations with the suspect.

Officials at Beloit College were notified of the situation and they placed the college into lockdown. The lockdown was lifted once the suspect was arrested.

Police also recovered 6.5 grams of powder cocaine in their initial search. Police say investigators have determined the cocaine belonged to Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is being held in the Rock County Jail. He faces charges of Disorderly Conduct while Armed, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, second Offense Possession of Cocaine, Prohibited Acts B, and Resisting an Officer.

Officers also took 20-year-old Diamond Hodges and 44-year-old Dawn Ford into custody after finding them min the apartment. Investigators say Hodges had three arrest warrants for traffic offenses. Ford had a warrant from the Department of Corrections.

Rodriguez will make his initial court appearance on Monday.

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- Three people were arrested after a disturbance that led to the lockdown of Beloit College.

Beloit Police Department Captain Vincent Sciame says officers first responded to the disturbance on the 1800 block of Park Ave. around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. While in route, officers learned the suspect had threatened the caller with a handgun and fled the scene. Police later saw the suspect's vehicle pull into a parking garage of an apartment building in the 900 block of Park Ave., which is near the Beloit College campus.

Officers say they secured the building and began negotiations with the suspect.

Officials at Beloit College were notified of the situation and they placed the college into lockdown. The lockdown was lifted once the suspect was arrested.

"It was a good safety measure for them to go into lockdown, and whether they were actually in danger, probably not, but better to be safe than sorry," Sciame told WKOW.

Shortly after 3 p.m., the suspect and a female acquaintance voluntarily left the apartment and were taken into custody without incident. Sciame says officers searched the apartment and found another woman hiding inside. She was also arrested.

During the search, officers found drugs and paraphernalia, but no gun.

Police arrested 51-year-old Jose Rodriguez of Beloit for disorderly conduct while armed and resisting arrest. Officers also took 20-year-old Diamond Hodges and 44-year-old Dawn Ford into custody.

Investigators say Hodges had three arrest warrants for traffic offenses. Ford had a warrant from the Department of Corrections.

Police say additional charges are possible pending the investigation of the possession of the illegal narcotics.

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