Mall shoplifting suspect on the run drowns in Dadeland canal

A shoplifting suspect at the Dadeland Mall drowned in a nearby canal, Miami-Dade police said Sunday.

Despite some witness accounts, the man was not zapped by a Taser before he bolted, police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said.

The man’s body was pulled out of the canal by rescue divers on Saturday evening.

Police did not release the name of the man. The Homicide Bureau is handling the case.

Investigators say the shoplifter ran out of the north side of Dadeland after security alerted a Miami-Dade officer working in the mall. He then jumped into the canal behind the mall at Southwest 82nd Street at 73rd Avenue.

The officer lost him and called Miami-Dade Fire Rescue divers, who pulled the suspect out of the water.

Dadeland Mall security declined to comment.

This is the second drowning this year involving a suspect on the run. In January, a man handcuffed by police in North Miami-Dade bolted and drowned in a canal after running across eight lanes of busy Biscayne Boulevard.