Florida man hiding in pond tells deputies their suspect 'went that way'

By Ben Hooper  |  Nov. 28, 2016 at 8:43 AM
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DELTONA, Fla., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a robbery suspect found hiding in a pond told deputies he was "just fishing" and the real robber "went that way."

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded Saturday to a Family Dollar store in Deltona, where a clerk told them a man with "Loyalty" tattooed across his abdomen claimed to have a gun and demanded money.

The clerk refused the request, leading the man to flea, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies in a sheriff's office helicopter spotted a man walking near a pond and wading waste-deep into the water.

A group of deputies accompanied by a K9 unit located the man in the water and ordered him to raise his hands and surrender.

Sean Torres, 29, allegedly told deputies he was "just fishing" and had dropped his pole in the water.

Deputies said they questioned Torres about the robbery and he responded: "The guy who did it went that way."

Torres was arrested, however, when deputies determined his tattoos matched those described by the store clerk. He was charged with robbery and criminal mischief.

"While in the back of a VCSO patrol car, he repeatedly shouted and threw himself against the interior, kicking the doors, damaging the vehicle and causing it to rock," the sheriff's office said.

Torres was jailed in lieu of $30,500 bail.

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