Armed burglary suspect arrested after foot chase through Bradenton neighborhood

A man suspected of breaking into a vehicle in a Bradenton neighborhood and stealing valuables has been arrested, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

A 9-1-1 caller reported that her 2006 Hyundai Sonata was just broken into and that the suspect was still sitting inside of the vehicle.

The suspect, 36-year-old Jose Mendez, then fled northbound on foot.

Deputies in the area observed Mendez walking in the 3200 block of Ninth Street East.

When seen by police, Mendez threw a backpack to the ground and took of running, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies pursued Mendez on foot, and he was apprehended and arrested.

Stolen items worth an estimated $2200 were recovered and returned to the vehicle owner.

Mendez also threw down a cigarette package containing a rock cocaine smoking device during the chase, deputies say.

Mendez’s identity was positively confirmed by the victim. In addition to the stolen items, Mendez was carrying a pry bar and two knives.

Mendez was taken into custody without incident and is held on a $22,500 bond.

Ryan Ballogg covers arts, entertainment, dining, breaking and local news for the Bradenton Herald. He won first place for feature writing in the Florida Press Club’s 2018 Excellence in Journalism Competition. Ryan is a Florida native and graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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