MANATEE -- A 6-foot-4, 250-pound man suspected of stealing items from Sears at the DeSoto Square mall at 7:30 p.m. today hit a bystander with his getaway vehicle.
The suspect, who was still at large at 9:30 p.m., left the store with merchandise, hopped into a green, four-door Ford Expedition sports utility vehicle with large chrome rims, and then, during his departure, hit a victim who sustained a non-life-threatening injury, said Lt. Rich Cunningham of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
“It looked like he almost ran into the loss prevention people and there was someone else injured in the scuffle,” Cunningham said.
The sheriff’s office’s violent crimes task force is now looking for the suspect, Cunningham added.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, Cunningham said.
“We are interviewing the victim to see what they might know,” Cunningham added.