Helicopter chases Florida man fleeing crime scene by running into sea

A helicopter was called in to help capture a suspect who rushed into the ocean to avoid being caught, according to the Tampa Police Department.

The department shared a Publish on their Facebook page showing a man standing in waist-deep water with his arms in the air as the plane hovered above him.

” STOPPED. You can’t run away from the helicopter,” the photo, posted on Sunday, was captioned.

This photo from the Tampa Police Department shows the dramatic moment a suspect rushed into the ocean after fleeing a crime scene. The suspect was caught and charged with robbery by sudden snatching and resisting an officer without violence.
Tampa Police Department

The post, which garnered over 1,500 likes, went into more detail saying: “At approximately 8am on Saturday October 1st, a woman was robbed in the parking lot of a hotel on N Westshore Blvd when A suspect snatched his wallet and fled. Witnesses saw him flee to Cypress Pointe Beach, where officers located him.

“To avoid arrest, he entered the water and began swimming about 200 feet offshore. After several minutes, 32-year-old Dewayne Dean surrendered and was taken into custody. “

The Tampa Police Department said on Facebook that the helicopter-assisted arrest of the “runaway robbery suspect” was a joint operation between its Air Force, Marine, Dive and Patrol units.

Commenting on the photo, a Facebook user said: “He thought he was playing GTA5”, referring to the video game Grand Theft Auto V.

Another commenter wrote: “Lots of wind from that helicopter! Nice job.”

While a third posted: ‘Well he sure didn’t think about that one.’

Dean is facing charges of robbery by sudden snatching and resisting an officer without violence, according to Hillsborough County Jail records. The suspect was also arrested on warrants related to possession of cocaine, grand theft, fleeing from police at high speed, aggravated assault on a pregnant woman, and recurring assault.

There have been 3,718 robbery arrests in Florida this year and 5,676 last year, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). This figure was down from 6,411 in 2020.

Analyzing the crime rate, an FDLE report, released last year, said crime was down across the state for the 50th straight year. According to its 2020 Annual Uniform Crime Report, “Total crime volume in Florida fell 14.1%, or 76,523 fewer reported crimes, compared to 2019.

“Overall, property crimes fell 17% in this report, or 1,850 crimes. Meanwhile, violent crimes increased slightly by 2.3%, or 1,850 crimes, he said. -he declares.

“Listed crimes of rape, robbery, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft decreased, while murder and aggravated assault increased. Domestic violence-related killings decreased in 2020 , while harassment has increased.”

Newsweek contacted the Tampa Police Department for comment.

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