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Deputies searching for suspect in Punta Gorda

Posted at 11:20 AM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-27 12:49:28-05

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Deputies are conducting an active search for a suspect along the railroad tracks that pararralel U.S. 41 in Punta Gorda.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, the suspect is identified as 32-year-old Kyle Bratcher.

Deputies say he fled from a traffic stop around 9:30 a.m. Friday, and then reportedly broke into a home along Mandalay Road around 10:30 a.m. in an attempt to hide from law enforcement.

He was last believed to be headed northbound on the railroad tracks as of 10:50 a.m.

If you have any information on Bratcher's whereabouts, you're asked to contact the sheriff's office.