UPDATE: The Panama City Police Department is investigating an incident of a suspicious vehicle and suspicious persons call near 20th Street and Michigan Avenue.
The call was received from a resident in the area on April 25th, 2013, at approximately 8:30 am. The caller was concerned about a red Toyota car loitering in an alleyway with persons inside. As officers approached the vehicle, it pulled away and fled from the officers. The vehicle was pursued on residential streets for a short distance until supervisors terminated the pursuit. The vehicle was located within minutes, abandoned near 20th Street and Frankford Avenue.
An adult female walked up to officers at the scene and said she was a passenger in the car and was held against her will by the driver before and during the pursuit. The female personally knows the male and she was not injured. The incident is still under investigation and officers are still attempting to locate the driver. The driver is described as a black male, 5'10", approximately 185 pounds, close cut hair, wearing blue jean shorts, no shirt, and white tennis shoes. He was last seen around 20th and Frankford Avenue. The vehicle that fled and that has been recovered is a newer model red Toyota Camry.
If you have any information in reference to this incident, please contact Detective Perkins at the Panama City Police Department, 850-872-3112, or you can report your tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS.
The Panama City Police Department is searching for a suspicious person.
Police say they were searching for a suspicious person in the area of 19th Street and Michigan Avenue. While attempting to contact the suspect, he fled in a vehicle and a short pursuit followed.
The suspect abandoned the vehicle in a wooded area near Andrews Place Apartments at 20th Street and Frankford Avenue.
A female passenger in the vehicle says she was held against her will during the incident.
Police are using K-9 units to assist in the search for the suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Panama City Police Department at 872-3100.