A three-hour search for a man accused of domestic violence and who police say pushed two officers before escaping, ended when the man was found in an air duct at a construction site.
The man, Carlos Tosco, was arrested by Coral Gables police by mid-afternoon Friday. No one was injured during the fracas and search. Tosco has been charged with one count of aggravated stalking with battery, one count of robbery by sudden snatching and two counts of resisting an officer with violence.
“We found him and pulled him out,” Coral Gables police Sgt. Tomas Salcedo said.
Salcedo said police received a domestic violence call just before 10 a.m. Friday from a woman at a home in the 500 block of Biltmore Way. Police later discovered that Tosco had taken the phone from the woman and ended the 911 call. By the time they got there, Salcedo said, Tosco was gone.
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But to their amazement, Tosco returned to the home with flowers in an attempt to repair a broken relationship. When officers tried to arrest him, Salcedo said, he pushed two officers and fled.
For the next three hours police from Coral Gables, South Miami and Miami-Dade flooded the streets around the Publix Supermarket on LeJeune Road and north to Andalusia Avenue. Some cops wore vests and carried long rifles. Some roadways were partially blocked off.
Tosco eventually disappeared at a construction site in the 400 block of Valencia Avenue, Salcedo said.
Then, at about 1:30 p.m. police heard a noise. They looked up and spotted movement in an air duct at the construction site. Moments later Tosco was in custody.
“He was hiding in an air duct,” Salcedo said.
The woman who called the police is fine and the two officers who Tosco is accused of pushing were not injured.