Robbery Suspect Crashes Stolen Car, Goes Swimming: Police

Suspect in custody after crashing stolen car, trying to swim away from officers: Police

A robbery suspect crashed a stolen car and then tried to swim away from authorities in Fort Lauderdale Monday morning, police said.

The incident began when the suspect stole a woman's purse and keys at the Paradise Bank at 540 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale Police Det. DeAnna Garcia said.

Garcia said the woman, who was heading to her first day of work at the bank, was able to get away from the suspect.

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The suspect took off in the woman's car, but it had a vanity license plate that was easy to spot, Garcia said.

Officers followed the car, which crashed in a parking lot in the area of A1A and E. Las Olas Boulevard, Garcia said. Footage showed the smashed-up dark blue Scion near a downed light pole in the area.

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The suspect fled on foot and jumped into the ocean but he was quickly apprehended, Garcia said.

"He fled on foot, he continued running eastbound on Las Olas until he reached the beautiful beach and decided to go for a swim," Garcia said. "That didn't work out so well for our suspect because our marine unit coupled with our road patrol officers apprehended him and took him into custody."

Police identified the suspect as 30-year-old Barry Murray. It's unknown what charges he'll face.

"He was just doing everything that he could to get away from being captured by the police," Garcia said.

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