A night of violence in St. Petersburg ended early Sunday with the arrest of a pair of convicted felons.
Authorities are still seeking a third suspect.
Maurice Emmanuel Climes, 27, Anthony James Stewart, 29, are being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail. Both suspects have extensive arrest records and are facing a slew of charges.
According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report officers were dispatched to 1927 36th Ave. North in response to a suspicious circumstances call.
A man called 9-1-1 after he received a text from his girlfriend at that location. The text said she was ‘being robbed.' The man went to the residence before calling for help could see that his girlfriend was tied up. There were two children – ages 9 and 11 – also in the home at the time of the incident.
The younger child woke up and was forced to sit with his tied up mother by one of the suspects. The older child did not wake up during the incident investigators say.
Officers arrived just as the three suspects sped away. A chase ensued until the men dumped the vehicle in the 4700 block of 13th Ave. North. A perimeter was set up and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office helicopter was deployed as authorities searched for the trio of suspects.
As law enforcement looked for the men they committed another home invasion at 4730 15th Ave. north. Two adults and an infant child were home at the time when two of the suspects kicked in the front door.
One of the men went into a bedroom and demanded keys to a vehicle parked out front. A male resident ran for his gun and attempted to chase the suspects away but not before they got the keys.
They fled the scene in the resident's vehicle just as a SPD unit was pulling into the neighborhood. The officers observed the suspects driving away in a reckless manner and a chase ensued.
At the time the officers did not know the vehicle they were pursuing contained suspects from the prior home invasion. The chase last approximately 20 minutes and took officers into Pinellas Park, Kenneth City, Lealman and St. Petersburg.
The two men jumped from the vehicle at the Applebee's location on Park Blvd. One of them ran to an occupied vehicle for an attempted carjacking but that was thwarted by law enforcement.
The second man was arrested following a short foot chase.
A third suspect, the getaway driver from the first home invasion, still at large. Fortunately none of the victims were injured. Four guns – including two assault rifles – were confiscated from the suspects.
Climes and Thomas are both facing multiple felony charges including armed home invasion, aggravated fleeing to elude and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Both suspects have served time in state prison for convictions out of Pinellas County.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation against the two suspects continues.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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