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Lock down at Camp Bullis lifted, officials urge residents to not pickup hitchhikers

San Antonio Police officials are searching the Camp Bullis area for a car theft suspect . (SBG San Antonio)

SAN ANTONIO - Joint Base San Antonio says the lock down at Camp Bullis has been lifted.

San Antonio police said officers on the ground, K-9 units and a police helicopter were searching the area for a man who jumped down a huge embankment to avoid apprehension.

Police say the search for the armed fugitive began at about 9 a.m. on Shady Lane just off I-10 and Camp Bullis Road.

An officer spotted the suspect sitting inside a pickup while helping a property owner on an unrelated call.

The officer saw the Ford F-250 with its doors open and no front bumper. When the suspect was confronted, he fled on foot, avoiding arrest when he jumped down an embankment in Leon Creek. The suspect fled into a heavy wooded area, and has made the search more difficult.

The officer ran the plates on the Ford F-250 and found it was stolen out of San Antonio.

Richard Day has lived on Shady Lane all his life.

He says the people living where the officer spotted the suspect are relatively new to the neighborhood

“Probably 3 going on 4 months,” said Day. “I don't know them, I don't talk to them, but I've heard they're from Houston. Ever since they moved into the trailer park the drugs have gone up, the stolen vehicles have gone up. It just seems like they're bad news."

While a spokesman with the police department did not officially confirm the identity of the suspect, investigators tell us officers are searching for Robert Lynch. Lynch has been on the run after he escaped police custody on Aug. 6. He was arrested for his alleged involvement in at least four burglaries in Bandera County.

Check back for more information on this developing story.

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