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Updated: 11/22/2013 04:10:01PM

North Port police assisting in search for Putnam County suspect

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After an alleged Friday morning robbery that occurred in Putnam County, Fla., the North Port Police Department received information that a “person of interest” — Stonie Shane Norris, 37, threatened his girlfriend and her children, and could be en route to the city of North Port. The threat involved bodily harm to his girlfriend and her children and he was traveling from the Putnam County area down to the city at about 9 a.m., authorities said. Information was passed on to the local schools where the children attend — North Port High and Heron Creek Middle — which voluntarily placed the schools on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

In addition, the NPPD has also taken precautionary measures in an attempt to locate Norris. “Based on the information received, we do believe this threat may be credible and are taking all the necessary precautionary measures to ensure the safety of this family and our citizens,” NPPD Chief Kevin Vespia said. Norris is a white male, approximately 6 feet, 2 inches tall, balding with gray hair. His is believed to be traveling in a gray Nissan Altima bearing FL specialty “Gone Fishing” license plate LA6FD or a blue Chevy Tahoe with FL plate BJW L55. Residents should contact the police should they observe Norris or his vehicle in their travels. Do not attempt to contact Norris, as he may be armed, but report his whereabouts to the proper authorities, police said. The name of the family was not released. NPPD is assisting the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office with their case and ensuring the family remains safe. Anyone with information can call the NPPD at 941-429-7300.

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