Man tells police 'I'm not going back to jail,' jumps into Buffalo Creek

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A police officer in Armstrong County was trying to talk with a man about a suspicious person report early this morning when the man told the officer "I'm not going back to jail" and jumped into Buffalo Creek.

Freeport Chief Jeff Swiklinski said police got a report that a man had been pounding on windows at a high-rise in the borough shortly before 3 a.m. When an officer showed up, no one was there.

About 45 minutes later, the Freeport officer was patrolling and saw a man at the public boat launch on Buffalo Creek, about three or four blocks away from the high-rise. He was acting "combative" and "hostile" when the officer approached him, the chief said.

The man said he wasn't going back to jail then jumped into the creek, and the officer tried to follow him from shore, until he came to a point where he couldn't see the man anymore, the chief said.

"Either he's at the bottom of that creek, or he got out," Chief Swiklinski said.

Both the man and the suspicious person had long hair, but until they find the man -- or other leads develop -- police won't know if the two events were related.

Police described the man as white, clean-shaven and about 40 years old. He was wearing a coat and blue jeans.


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