The Wenatchee World
WENATCHEE — Police are searching this morning for a burglary suspect who fled officers, swam to the middle of the Columbia River and was not seen again.
At 12:25 a.m. police responded to a report of a man apparently trying to break into a business a Pybus Public Market and into one or more vehicles at Pybus, Sgt. John Kruse, a spokesman for Wenatchee police, said this morning.
The person who reported the incident said the man appeared to be headed toward the nearby river. When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect was already near the Wenatchee Riverfront Park boat launch, at the foot of Orondo Avenue, Kruse said.
When officers approached within feet of the man, he scrambled down the embankment and entered the river. He briefly came out again. Kruse said the man cursed the officers and threw rocks at one of them. The man went back into the river and swam out to the middle, then officers lost sight of him.
Officers searched the shoreline last night and this morning, Kruse said. The Chelan County PUD launched a boat this morning to aid the search.
The man is described as Hispanic with light skin and in his 20s or 30s. His identity is unknown, although Kruse said he may have been involved in an altercation earlier that evening when a man reportedly hit an employee at a bar in the 200 block of South Wenatchee Avenue.
The supect was wearing a red-collared shirt before the incident at Pybus. Police now have the shirt. When he went into the river, he was wearing a white tank top, blue Dickies pants and black-and-white sneakers.
Police are asking anyone with information about the man to contact Wenatchee police through the RiverCom Dispatch center at 663-9911.