Police seek suspect who escaped pursuit by jumping into Mirror Lake

DOVER — After searching for several hours Tuesday morning, no signs of a 20-year-old suspect who apparently swam across Mirror Lake were found, police said.

Dover Police Department said it was attempting to locate Dover resident Jonair Pollard, who allegedly eluded apprehension by jumping into the water and disappearing.

The incident occurred just before 9 a.m., according to spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

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Jonair Pollard

According to Dover Police, an officer in an unmarked undercover vehicle first saw a person believed to be Mr. Pollard illegally enter a car in the area of the Delaware Archives Building near Legislative Mall.

An officer called for additional police and pursued a fleeing man on foot, Cpl. Hoffman said. According to authorities, the man ran down a steep embankment toward water flowing from Mirror Lake and jumped in.

Police said they believe the man likely swam across the water and escaped.

Cpl. Hoffman said an “extensive” search of the water was conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies, including Dover Police, Delaware State Police aviation and dive teams.

While Cpl. Hoffman said water-based operations are not common for Dover Police, “this was out of caution as well.”

Police said Mr. Pollard, of the 800 block of West North Street, is sought on unrelated charges of aggravated menacing, unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening, breach of release, and reckless endangering.

Anyone with information regarding Mr. Pollard’s whereabouts can call Dover Police at 736-7111, authorities said. Callers may remain anonymous.

Tips also can be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, at www.tipsubmit.com or through Dover Police’s MyPD mobile app.

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