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Burglary suspects arrested after manhunt in Sarasota

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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a burglary suspect in a residential neighborhood just west of Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a burglary suspect in a residential neighborhood just west of Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota.
SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) -

The manhunt is over for a Sarasota burglary suspect who hit a deputy with his car.

All afternoon, K9 units from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office teamed up with Sarasota police to scour a neighborhood looking for a burglary suspect.

Officials say earlier this afternoon, Mark Suter, 46, and Pamela Adkins, 33, stole bicycles from the carport of a home on Maiden Lane. When the homeowner arrived to confront them, deputies say Suter punched the homeowner.

He then abandoned the woman and took off in a white Toyota RAV-4 SUV. Adkins was arrested a short time later.

Officials later caught up with Suter and tried to arrest him, but he stepped on the gas, and deputies had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

Officials then set up a perimeter around a neighborhood off of Tuttle Avenue. Deputies and police officers teamed up, combing through yards looking for him.

Kelly Ann Brooks was shocked to learn the suspect went through her property.

"The man entered my house and went out of my master bathroom door,” Brooks said tearfully. “Tearing down everything, he busted my gate and my white jewelry box. Every piece of jewelry I have was in that box and I am devastated!"

Tammie Connor’s daughter was shocked to see officers in her neighborhood.

"They're telling [my daughter] 'get back in the house’!” Connor said. “They got guns drawn and they're posed like they’re ready to shoot somebody, I don't know what’s going on!”

Late this afternoon, deputies say Suter was found hiding behind a bush.

Suter and Adkins are both charged with residential burglary. Suter also faces charges of misdemeanor battery, fleeing to elude, and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

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