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Deputies arrest two in St. Petersburg robbery, shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested two men in connection with a robbery and shooting that left a teenager wounded on Wednesday morning.

Deputies say the two men broke into the 17-year-old's apartment to rob him of money and drugs. But when the teen struggled with them, deputies say, they shot him twice in the arm.

Witnesses helped deputies track down the men and their vehicle at another apartment complex less than a mile away. That's where deputies say they arrested Robert R. Williams, 31, and Lance T. Jones, 22.

The incident was reported at 8:49 a.m. Dixie Hollins High and Blanton Elementary schools were placed on lockdown. By 11 a.m., the lockdown was lifted.

The teen's identity is being withheld by the St. Petersburg Times because of his age. Deputies say he knew the men

The two men were armed with a semiautomatic pistol, deputies say, when they forced their way into the teen's apartment at 6500 50th Ave. N. Deputies say the teen tried to grab the gun and, during the ensuing struggle, was shot twice in the arm.

Williams was arrested on charges of home invasion, armed robbery and committing a felony while armed. Jones was arrested on a charge of being a principal, or accessory, to home invasion.

The teenager was taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Deputies said his injuries were not life threatening.

Deputies arrest two in St. Petersburg robbery, shooting 02/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 11:17pm]
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