UPDATE: Burglary suspect not yet found after submerging in swift-moving White Oak Bayou – Chron
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A burglary suspect who jumped into the swift-moving waters of White Oak Bayou early Thursday morning while fleeing from authorities was not located in a search of the area, according to the Harris County Constable Precinct 1 office.
Precinct 1 spokeswoman Angelique Myers said he submerged under water and did not reappear. The heavy rainfall this morning prevented deputies and the Houston police dive team from entering the water, she said.
The initial search lasted about two hours but was unsuccessful, she said.
Pct. 1 constable deputies first came upon the man at 12:16 a.m. when they responded to a burglary in progress at a home in the 600 block of Wendel St.
While approaching the home, deputies saw a maroon Jeep Cherokee exited the driveway in their direction, police said. Deputies ordered the suspect to stop, but the man continued driving.
Myers said the Jeep was stolen, but it’s unclear whether it belonged to the homeowner.
When another responding deputy spotted the Jeep passing him, the suspect bailed out of the car and led police on a foot pursuit to White Oak Bayou. That’s when he jumped into the water and refused to obey deputies’ commands to swim toward them, Myers said.
Anyone with information about the man’s whereabouts should call the precinct 1 constable’s office at 713-755-7628.