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Police search for fugitive near Nasher ends

Updated 3:35 a.m. Thursday

A police search for a suspect near the Nasher Museum of Art has ended, and police, using dogs, tracked the suspect off campus near Duke University Road.

The Durham Police Department began the search with dogs for a suspect with an outstanding warrant related to a minor theft charge.

A Durham policewoman had detained the suspect earlier, but the suspect escaped, Sgt. Browne of DPD said. The perimeter of the search, which was located around the woods between the Nasher Museum and Oregon Street along Duke University Road, was dissolved at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The suspect has not yet been found.

The Duke University Police Department is assisting in the search for the suspect. DUPD vehicles and officers were present along the perimeter.

The suspect is believed to be unarmed, said DUPD Chief John Dailey.

"This is a Durham case," Dailey said. "It really has nothing to do with Duke other than them being here."

A DukeALERT message was not issued Wednesday night.

An adult summer program participant reported an attempted armed robbery July 4 along Duke University Road near the Nasher Museum.

Julian Spector contributed reporting.

Check back for more updates on the situation.

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