LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Longmeadow Police have suspended the search of a suspect they say ran from a stolen car Thursday morning.
According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, the suspect is described as a black man wearing a white shirt and jeans. He allegedly ran from the vehicle Thursday morning after being involved in an accident near Englewood Road and Longmeadow Street.
Police said the suspect is also wanted in connection with a vehicle break-in that took place Wednesday.
A State Police helicopter and dogs were called in to help search from the air.
“There’s lots of foliage and places where people could hide,” said Ted Lyman, who lives right near where the crash occurred.
“I saw a helicopter right above the tree line crazy low. I went to tell my mom about it and it was right above our house,” said Garrett Marchant, who also told 22News police found the man’s red hat in his backyard.
The man was spotted again in the area of Glenwood Circle around 11:00 a.m.
” While we have no reason to believe the suspect is armed, if you are in the area, be on heightened alert,” the police department wrote on Facebook. “Again, if you see anyone or anything suspicious, contact the LPD.”
While police said they would no longer be actively searching for the man, they will continue to investigate the incident.
“The police have responded and it makes us feel good that they are trying to keep us safe around here,” said Lyman.