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Sunday, July 6, 2014, 10:18 a.m.

A robbery suspect jumped off the 10th Street Bridge early Sunday while trying to evade police.

Police arrived at East Carson and 14th streets in the South Side about 12:12 a.m. to respond to a report of a robbery. The victim, 30, of Braddock, told police a man he knows called him and arranged a meeting. The man then tore the pocket of his shorts and ran off with about $300.

The suspect, Evan Thornton, 27, fled to the 10th Street Bridge, police said. When a patrol car approached him, Thornton jumped toward the Monongahela River, falling 50 feet and landing in thick brush along the shoreline. River rescuers found Thornton about 15 yards from the shore and took him into custody about 3:37 a.m.

Thornton's cell phone showed he texted a woman asking her to call him a jitney, police said. She instead called 911.

A police officer who broke his ankle during the chase was taken to UPMC Mercy and is recovering at home, police said.

Thornton complained of leg and back pain and was taken to Allegheny General Hospital and then Allegheny County Jail. Officials charged Thornton with robbery. He also had an outstanding warrant from the city of Pittsburgh and a bench warrant from the Allegheny County Sheriff's office for a theft charge in February.

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