Florida deputies catch suspect swimming from crime scene

Published On: Sep 16 2013 07:38:38 AM HST   Updated On: Sep 16 2013 07:40:58 AM HST

People along the Indian River in Merritt Island watched Sunday as deputies using boats and a helicopter pursued and captured an alleged burglar as he tried to swim away.

It happened around 3 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Snug Harbor Drive, an upscale neighborhood about half a mile north of State Route 520.

A resident said the suspect, identified by investigators as 32-year-old Patrick  Russell Brennan, went to some homes on that street asking for water. He then tried to break into a home while the occupants were gone, the resident said.

That resident, who gave water to the man, said he had been watching him, and told him to leave, but instead, the man parked in the driveway of the home and tried to enter it, he said.

Officers responding to a 911 call, who said they found the man in the Indian River, quickly pulled alongside him as he swam, grabbed him, and hoisted him onto a boat.

Brennan, who police said was armed with a knife, was charged with armed burglary and resisting arrest.

He is being held without bond.

A statement issued by Sheriff Wayne Ivey praised the efforts of the citizen who called 911, and the deputies who partnered to capture the man.

"By working together as a team and in partnership with our citizens, they were able to remove a violent offender from our streets. This is a perfect example that it takes a community to protect a community," Ivey said.


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