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Jumper backs up Manatee Avenue traffic

A man who jumped off the Manatee Avenue Bridge the afternoon of Nov. 21 caused serious traffic delays.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report was not available as of Islander press time.

The Holmes Beach Police Department provided assistance and, according to Police Chief Bill Tokajer, the man was not attempting to hurt himself.

Tokajer said law enforcement received calls of a possible suicide attempt, but it turned out the man was attempting to poach crab traps in the area waters.

Due to the nature of the call being a possible suicide attempt, police blocked the bridge from traffic.

The nature of the charges, or if the man was charged with a crime, was not known as of press time.

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