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Man comes face-to-face with wanted fugitive in Gordo

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   Ronnie Driver was still visibly shaken Tuesday after encountering a burglary suspect.

   Gordo police had been searching for the man since he was allegedly spotted breaking into a home near the Elmore Community early Monday morning.  When confronted, the suspect ran from officers and they lost track of him until he encountered Driver.

   "This piece of wood that leads to my attic was open," Driver said while showing ABC the attic entrance inside his carport.  Just before that, his wife had noticed that the side gate entrance to their yard had also been opened.  "I just told her to go in the house and call 911.  I could hear him coming down [from the attic] while she was inside.  I had a pistol.  He came on down and I stood over behind the car door and held the pistol up [in shooting position] and said hold up there buddy and he just took off running."

   Driver's neighbor's dog chased the suspect.  Meanwhile, police arrived with search dogs and a helicopter above.  However, they determined the suspect had escaped west to another area.

   Police continued the manhunt Tuesday.  But, say they have no idea who the man is.  He's described as a young hispanic man.  "We do not believe suspect is from this area.  We believe that he's totally relying on his own resources until this point," said Gordo Police Chief Todd Hall.

   Authorities believe the suspect stole a pistol and may be armed.

   If you have any information, you're asked to call Gordo Police.