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Police looking for theft suspect who evaded arrest after chase

By Michael Harrington • Updated Jun 24, 2019 at 3:41 PM

NORWALK — Authorities are looking for a suspect who evaded police Sunday following a high-speed chase.

At about 1:15 a.m., police got a call about a theft from a supermarket and physical altercation outside as a bystander tried to stop the suspect from leaving, according to Norwalk police.

Norwalk police were able to get the license plate number and a description of the vehicle he fled the store in. They sent the information out to other agencies.

“Milan police saw the vehicle on U.S. 250 and tried to stop it, but it refused to pull over,” Erie County Sherif Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said. “It sped north on Milan Road, where our deputies tried to put stop sticks out for the vehicle, but he avoided them.”

The vehicle continued into Perkins Township, where officers tried to place a spike strip, but the driver sped by before they could have set up, according to a Perkins police report.

Perkins joined the sheriff’s office in the pursuit until the suspect entered the jurisdiction of the city of Sandusky.

“They lost the vehicle in Sandusky,” Oliver said. “I think we have a pretty good lead on who the suspect is ... someone is going to get charged for this.”

Norwalk police also said they believed they’d identified the suspect. Authorities released images of the suspect taken from the store’s security cameras.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Norwalk police at 419-663-6780 or the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 419-625-7951.

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