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Burglary Suspect Arrested After Manhunt

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It was a tense few hours in Panama City Saturday morning, as police searched for an armed suspect who allegedly broke into a car.

PCPD officers arrived at the 1300 block of Stephen Drive at 9:45 a.m., after receiving a call from a resident who reported his car had been broken into, and an armed man was near the scene.

According to a news release, officers approached the suspect and he ignored verbal commands, physically resisted efforts to detain him, and fled into nearby woods.  Police reportedly noticed the man was armed with a handgun.

PCPD called in a Bay County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and the suspect, Phillip Mathes, was located at 11:30 a.m.  He was treated and released at Bay Medical Center for minor injuries that resulted from his encounter with the K-9, then transported to the Bay County Jail.

Mathes, 31, is charged with armed burglary of a vehicle, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered or removed serial number, and violation of probation.

Police said they recovered the handgun and several items taken during the burglary.