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2 charged in connection with St. Pete carjacking, chase

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A police chase through St. Petersburg ended with one arrest and at least one injury, along with several accidents along the way.

Police say it started around 4:15 p.m., when a 91-year-old woman was carjacked. She was driving her green Toyota Venza in the area of 23rd Avenue North and 7th Street when her car was rammed by two men in a black Dodge pickup truck.

After the collision, one of the suspects pulled the woman out of her car and then drove off with the truck following behind.

The woman was taken to the hospital for minor cuts and bruises but has since been released.

Officers believe the truck used in the carjacking had been reported stolen from earlier in the day.

Around 5:15 p.m., an officer spotted the stolen Venza with the two suspects, identified as 20-year-olds Savon Hunter and Travonte Banks, in the area of 14th Avenue South and 12th Street and began pursuit.

It lasted as long as 20 minutes, until the sheriff's office helicopter took over of surveillance. Around 5:45 p.m., both suspects ditched the cars in the 800 block of Paris Avenue South and took off on foot between the houses.

Officers blocked off the neighborhood and later caught and arrested them at separate locations.

Before the chase ended, police say the men were involved in four crashes, including an accident involving a pedestrian. At least one bystander was injured.

Police say Banks was the carjacker, while Hunter drove the truck. Hunter is not charged with anything related to the carjacking incident, police said.

He is, however, charged with violation of probation for robbery and resisting arrest without violence.

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