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Derrick Ortiz, accused of stealing lawn mower caught after 'day on the run'

1:24 PM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
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Spring Hill, Florida -- A man wanted in connection with the theft of lawn mower was arrested Wednesday despite trying to flee police on a bicycle.

The arresting deputy said in Derrick Ortiz's arrest report he spotted Ortiz outside Amnesia Bar in the 4200 block of Mariner Blvd. Wednesday night. When he realized Ortiz was wanted for grand theft and identified himself, Ortiz took off on his bicycle.

The deputy was finally able to track him down behind the nearby Hess gas station and chase him down on foot. 

"I knew y'all were looking for me, I stole the lawn mower the other day, I've been on the run ever since," he reportedly told the deputy while being placed in handcuffs.

Ortiz, 25, was charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence.

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