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FARMINGTON — Police are seeking information about a suspect who led officers on a chase for several hours this afternoon in and around the Animas River.

As of 5 p.m., officers had called off the search for the man because of safety factors, said Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

According to police dispatchers, officers arrived at the Safeway on East Main Street in Farmington at 1:45 p.m. today after reports of a shoplifter.

When police arrived, a man driving a red Ford Fusion allegedly fled the scene in the vehicle, nearly striking an officer, according to police dispatchers.

The suspect abandoned the vehicle near the Panda Express parking lot and then fled on foot south toward to the Animas River with a shiny object in his hands, according to police dispatchers.

At one point, the suspect attempted to escape to an island in the middle of the river.

According to police dispatchers, the suspect eventually traveled back to the river bank and continued to flee.

Allen described the suspect as a white man who was 5 feet, 8 inches tall and was wearing a white tank top and black shorts. Allen said he is heavy-built and bald.

Allen said people with information should call the detectives tip hotline at 505-599-1068.

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