St. Petersburg Police arrested two men on Sunday who they believe are responsible for two separate home invasions.
Police say 29-year old Anthony Stewart and 27-year old Maurice Climes broke into a woman's home early Sunday morning and bound her to a chair with electrical cord.
The victim's nine-year old daughter woke up and was told by one of the suspects to sit next to her mom. Somehow, the woman managed to send her boyfriend a quick text saying she was being robbed.
"He [the boyfriend] called us," said Mike Puetz, Public Information Officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department. "As our officers were arriving on scene, two men were running out of the back, got into a waiting vehicle and fled."
The suspects later ditched their car and ran by foot through a quiet neighborhood on 15th Avenue North. Investigators say they then robbed another home where a young couple and their newborn baby slept inside.
The commotion woke Anna Soto from her slumber.
"I just basically heard a very loud boom," she explained.
Soto immediately screamed for her fiancé to wake up. The sound of the front door crashing in apparently did not wake him.
"Just as he got out of bed, there was a man at the foot of our bed," Soto recalled.
Her fiancé jumped from the bed and pushed the two men out of the room. Soto scooped up her 10-day-old daughter, jumped into a closet to hide and called 9-1-1.
"It was just instinct," Soto said. "I was like, I have to get her. Just grab her and make sure nothing happens."
Her fiancé was able to ward off the two intruders, but not before they swiped Soto's car keys on their way out the door. Fortunately several SPD units quickly spotted the stolen car and chased the suspects for about 20 minutes before they stopped and were arrested.
While Soto's car is in bad shape, she says her most precious possessions are safe and sound.
Soto: "At this point it doesn't matter. Just that we're all safe and still a family."
St. Petersburg Police are still searching for one suspect who they believe was driving the getaway car at the first home invasion. If you have any information contact SPPD at 727-893-7780.
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