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Carjacking, chase end in arrests of two teens

ST. PETERSBURG — As he drove through the gate to his home inside Placido Bayou on Thursday afternoon, Lloyd "Bruz" Fellenz noticed a car trailing him in. He didn't think much of it.

But after he pulled into his driveway at 925 Live Oak Ter. NE, the car stopped and two teenagers got out. They asked for directions to downtown St. Petersburg. Then they asked for some water for their car.

As Fellenz, 60, got a hose, the teenagers attacked. He was punched in the face and knocked down.

One told him: "'Don't get up or I'll hit you some more,'" Fellenz recalled.

While Fellenz lay on the ground, the other teenager snatched his keys and cell phone. When a neighbor yelled that he was calling police, the two drove away, taking Fellenz's silver-colored 2007 Nissan Maxima.

Later on Thursday, an officer spotted Fellenz's Maxima near 22nd Avenue S and 34th Street. Officers soon began a pursuit, and a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office helicopter helped, according to St. Petersburg police.

The teens led the police to the 4000 block of 13th Street S in Gulfport. There, they made a sudden U-turn and rammed into a cruiser driven by Sgt. Joseph Collins, who was not seriously injured.

Police arrested two 16-year-olds after they got out and ran into a house at 4051 13th Ave. S.

Maurice Gant, who claimed to be in the third grade, was arrested on charges that included attempted felony murder of a law enforcement officer, residential burglary, cocaine possession and carjacking. Dealte Franklin, a ninth-grader at Boca Ciega High, was arrested on a charge of residential burglary, police said.

Times reporter Thomas C. Tobin contributed to this report.

Carjacking, chase end in arrests of two teens 03/14/08 [Last modified: Thursday, March 20, 2008 5:56pm]

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