Alleged burglary, suspect dies in apparent drowning after foot chase
CAMBRIDGE — An alleged burglary and robbery suspect died in an apparent drowning in Cambridge Creek Wednesday after the man jumped into the water while leading Cambridge police officers in a foot chase in the 300-block of Cedar Street.
The identity of the deceased suspect is being withheld by Cambridge police at this time until proper notification can be made.
According to Cambridge police, officer responded to 300-block of Cedar Street at about 11:05 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Police said upon the officer’s arrival on scene, a man was seen jumping out of a second-story window. Police said officers gave commands for the suspect to stop and comply with police; however, the suspect refused officers’ commands, fled on foot and officers gave chase after the suspect.
Police said the suspect continued running through the neighborhood and eventually onto the property of Generation III boat yard along Cedar Street. During the foot pursuit, the suspect was in possession of a handbag and was attempting to open it.
According to Cambridge police, the suspect then ran to the end of the pier and then jumped into Cam- bridge Creek. Police said officers attempted to help the suspect to safety but the suspect went under the water.
Police said officers received assistance from a nearby waterman along with Rescue Fire Company and the Department of Natural Recourses in an attempt to rescue the suspect.
According to Cambridge police, about 30 minutes later the suspect was recovered from the water and pronounced deceased by medical staff at the scene. Officers recovered the handbag that the suspect had in his possession and found a handgun inside, police said.
Police said the man is believed to be involved in other felony crimes, including an alleged robbery with a handgun that occurred last week. The evidence from that robbery preliminarily matches the handgun that the suspect discarded, police said.