Day Long Manhunt In Molino, Barrineau Park for ‘Mystery Man’

May 31, 2013

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Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies spent most of Friday searching for a “mystery man” in the Barrineau Park and Molino area, and so far they don’t know exactly why the man in running from them.

“I want to stress that there is no reason to believe this is dangerous situation for the people in that area,” Sena Maddison, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon. “We just want to talk to this man at this point.”

The situation began with the report of a suspicious vehicle and perhaps a burglary on Schifko Road just before 9 a.m.  When deputies arrived, they found the vehicle and white female at her own home. For an unknown reason, a black male in the vehicle fled on foot as deputies arrived. The female, who was not charged with any crime, would not give deputies the identity of the black male.

A manhunt with a K-9 unit followed, but deputies were unable to locate the black male.

“The first manhunt was called off because we did not have any charges on the man,” Maddison said. Contrary to rampant rumors on Facebook and in the community, she said there was no burglary.

As the day progressed, residents on Schifko Road, Barrineau Park Road and Jacks Branch Road, reported seeing the same black male multiple times, leading to multiple attempts by the Sheriff’s Office to locate the mystery man.

“At this point, we want to find him and find out why he is running,” Maddison said. “But we have no reason to believe that he is dangerous.”

As recently as the 4:00 hour, deputies were reportedly searching for the man on Barrineau Park Road, near Schifko Road.

The black male is describe as being 19-25 years old, wearing black tank top. Residents have reported he appears to weigh bout 210-230 pounds.

Pictured: Deputies search for  a man along Barrineau Park Road during the 4:00 hour Friday afternoon. Reader photo by Judy Fehl for, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Day Long Manhunt In Molino, Barrineau Park for ‘Mystery Man’”

  1. molino jim on May 31st, 2013 8:49 pm

    @ Really– While the whole thing is odd, there did not appear to have been a crime. What is even more odd was the w/f would not talk with the LEO’s about who/what/why the b/m was in her car and if she knew him. No crime–try to find the subject, talk with him and let it go. The answer may never be found as to why he ran.

  2. judy on May 31st, 2013 7:36 pm

    they did call the road prison and they had their dogs and K9 dogs

  3. Really? on May 31st, 2013 7:32 pm

    I am a homeowner, taxpayer and a voter that lives in north Escambia county. If I came home to a screen off a window of my house (yep it is true) and noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area and was made aware of and/or saw a black male running from deputies in the area, I would want them to relentlessly chase him down until he was identified and a determination could be make whether he committed a crime or not. It appears the officers who were utilizing what means were made available to them, were called off prematurely. It appears that this administration is suffering from liability paranoia. I don’t mean to reference the latest news about the no chase policy, but now it appears we have a situation where the officers will not be allowed to do their jobs. I guess we will just wait until one of the home owners gets home to find their house actually burglarized to start looking again. The spokesperson , who is the voice of the Sheriff indicates that this is not a dangerous situation—-well I surely hope this is not the accused murderer that may be in the Escambia area…according to the local news— before anyone says it….I know the description is not quite the same. INNOCENT people do not just run from law enforcement. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….more than likely IT IS A DUCK.!

  4. citizen on May 31st, 2013 6:38 pm

    If the sheriffs dept would call the road prison or century for the man tracking dogs and quit using there K-9 maybe they would find him .

  5. Tiffany on May 31st, 2013 6:30 pm

    please let us know when this man is caught. even if we are not supposed to be worried it is a little off-putting for us residents

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