Two convicted felons already on probation for prior crimes were arrested late Saturday night after deputies found them riding around in a stolen vehicle.
Tor Maurice Nelson and Raphael T. Williams are facing a variety of charges including grand theft auto and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.
Both suspects are being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail.
According to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office report deputies with the Department's Violent Crimes Task Force spotted a 2007 Jeep Compass they knew was stolen in front of a convenience store at 1421 22nd St. South.
Investigators say the Compass was taken from a home invasion robbery in St. Petersburg on November 3rd. The same vehicle was also involved in a ramming incident involving a PCSO deputy on November 28th.
Task Force members watched the vehicle and moved in when Williams, 26, went into the store.
The deputies made contact with Nelson, 23, who attempted to flee by ramming a deputy's cruiser with the stolen Jeep. He then jumped out of the vehicle and tried to flee on foot but he didn't make it far.
Williams was apprehended in the store without incident.
Inside the suspect's vehicle deputies recovered two .38-caliber handguns and dark clothing.
In addition to the grand theft auto and aggravated battery on a LEO charges Nelson is also facing one count of aggravated fleeing, one count of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license and a weapons charge. He was also charged with violating the terms of his probation.
Williams is also facing weapons and violation of probation charges.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues. Investigators with the St. Petersburg Police Department are also looking at Nelson's and William's recent activities.
At the time of this arrest Nelson was already scheduled to be on felony probation until 2016. His extensive arrest record in Pinellas County includes criminal mischief, burglary and weapons charges.
Williams too has an extensive arrest record and was scheduled to be on felony probation until 2015.
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