MANATEE — Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a fugitive suspect wanted on felony warrants, according to a release.
“FDLE does not want to release name at this time,” wrote sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow in an email to a Herald reporter.
Deputies said the agents conducted surveillance on the suspect at 8 a.m. Friday.
The suspect abandoned his vehicle near Verna Road and Fruitville Road and fled on foot, according to the release.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assisted FDLE and the sheriff’s office in the search.
A witness observed the suspect fleeing westbound at the easternmost portion of University Parkway on the south side, deputies said. An exhaustive manhunt for several hours was unsuccessful.