Manhunt for alleged armed felon comes up empty

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Emanuel Kozma
SEATTLE -- An hours-long search involving several deputies, police dogs and a helicopter came up empty for an armed felon who fled from police in South Seattle Wednesday evening.

The incident began around 7:30 p.m. when detectives with the King County Sheriff's gang unit attempted to pull over a car driven by Emanuel Kozma, who was armed and had just been released from prison, said spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.

When they reached the 10800 block of 15th Ave. SW, the car sped off to the north, West said. During the chase, someone inside the fleeing car threw a gun out the window.

The detectives eventually lost sight of the car, but a short time later, Seattle firefighters were called to 17th Avenue SW near SW Trenton Street for a report of a car that had rolled over. The detectives went to the crash site and confirmed it was the car they had been chasing.

West said the 30-year-old Kozma had run away on foot, but a 22-year-old woman inside the car was still on the scene and was treated for minor injuries.

Deputies recovered the gun that was tossed out the window but believe Kozma is still armed. He is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and was last seen wearing a blue shirt with cutoff sleeves and dark pants, West said.

Investigators think Kozma managed to escape the area and called off the active search, but their investigation will continue and say if you spot Kozma, call 911 immediately.

The King County Jail log shows that Kozma was released from jail just three hours before the incident began. Court documents say Kozma long rap sheet with 29 arrests and six felony convictions, including car theft and assault.