Shoplift­ing sus­pect flees cops, drowns in lake

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

WOOD­BURY, N.J. — Au­thor­i­ties say a shoplift­ing sus­pect in New Jersey drowned when he ran from po­lice and then tried to swim away in a lake. Glouces­ter County pros­e­cu­tors say of­fi­cers ap­proached the 20-year-old man at a Wood­bury con­ve­nience store around 3:50 a.m. Satur­day and tried to speak with him. But they say he ran off and jumped into nearby Wood­bury Lake.

The of­fi­cers or­dered the man to leave the wa­ter. But they soon lost sight of him when he swam un­der a bridge. Emer­gency re­spon­ders then searched the wa­ter for the man but could not find him. A state po­lice dive team even­tu­ally found his body around 10:30 a.m.

An au­topsy de­ter­mined the death was an ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing. His iden­tity has not been re­leased.

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