CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — UPDATE (4:28pm)-- The man has been located by Punta Gorda Police Department and is in custody.
Law enforcement in Charlotte County are searching for a man who may be armed with a knife and is possibly suicidal.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, Marvin Bates fled from DeSoto County and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt, and no shoes.
They report an increased law enforcement presence in the area of southbound U.S. 41 into Punta Gorda.
Deputies warn citizens to not approach Bates, and contact 911 immediately.