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Hillsborough County deputies search for man who jumped into river to evade deputies

Posted at 4:34 PM, Sep 25, 2018

GIBSONTON, Fla. — Hillsborough County deputies are searching for a man who they say attempted to steal a motorcycle before jumping into the Alafia River to evade deputies.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, deputies are searching for a white male subject who attempted to steal a motorcycle around 2:55 p.m. Tuesday. When they approached him, he fled on foot and entered the water near 9812 Gibsonton Drive and swam away.

Deputies determined that the individual is no longer in the water but he has yet to be located. He was last seen near the Alafia Scrub Nature Preserve. There are no injuries reported. HCSO K-9 and Aviation are have responded to aid in the search.

No additional information has been released at this time. 

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.