Robbery suspect jumps off Pittsburgh bridge

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Police said a robbery suspect jumped off a downtown Pittsburgh bridge in an attempt to elude officers, but was caught anyway.


Officials said 27-year-old Evan Thornton jumped off the 10th Street bridge shortly after midnight after police responded to a report of a robbery.


A search team later spotted Thornton about 15 yards from the shore in the Monongahela River and took him into custody at about 3:30 a.m. One officer broke his ankle during the search. Thornton complained of leg and back pain and was taken to Allegheny General Hospital before going to Allegheny County jail on an outstanding warrant.


Thornton is charged with a single felony count of robbery.


No attorney was listed on court papers, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 15.


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