More than two dozen sheriffs deputies are searching St. Johns River for a man who jumped into the water to avoid arrest.
The incident started around 7:40 a.m. on Thursday near the river north of Visalia, just west of Golden West High School.
Deputies searching for wanted man who jumped into St. Johns River
A deputy was searching for a suspect wanted on a felony narcotics warrant along the river when he came across Andrew Sedillo, 47.
While talking with the deputy, Sedillo dropped a meth pipe and gave officers a fake name. When the deputy went to arrest Sedillo, the suspect jumped into the river near the south fork.
He was in the water for 15 minutes before he resurfaced downstream, and disappeared again. Deputies never saw Sedillo resurface.
Visalia police, a California Highway Patrol helicopter and the sheriffs drone unit were called to assist in the search.
The sheriffs dive team arrived around 9:30 a.m. to search the waters. They began their search just after 11 a.m.
At the deepest point, the river is 5-to-8-feet, according to Ashley Ritchie, spokeswoman for the sheriff. The river is flowing at roughly 200-cubic-feet per minute.
He is on felony probation for a prior assault with a deadly weapon conviction. He is also wanted on suspicion of three arrest warrants.
He is known to local law enforcement and was recently arrested on March 7 by Visalia police on suspicion of resisting arrest, Ritchie said.
TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (FOX26) — The Tulare County Sheriff's Office is looking for a wanted man who they say jumped into the St. John's River.
Around 7:40 a.m. Thursday, a TCSO deputy was at a homeless encampment at the St. John's River in the area of 1/4 mile west of the St. John’s River bridge off R132 looking for a man who is wanted for on a felony narcotics warrant.
During that time, deputies say the deputy made contact with another man who dropped a meth pipe in front of him and gave him a fake name.
The deputy tried to arrest the man, but deputies say the man jumped into the St. John's River. He was seen treading water for about 100 yards, but deputies never saw him resurface.
Deputies say the man has been identified as 47-year-old Andrew Joseph Sedillo. He is on probation for assault with a deadly weapon and has 3 active arrest warrants.
The CHP helicopter, TCSO Drone, TCSO Dive Team and other agencies are all on-scene helping to look for Sedillo.
Sedillo was also arrested in April of 2018 after Visalia Police say he fought and choked a police K-9 during an arrest.
In the April arrest, Sedillo was booked for domestic violence, resisting or delaying a peace officer and assault on a police K-9.