ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested one of two people accused of a Clearwater gas station robbery that is also linked to the carjacking and kidnapping of an elderly St. Petersburg woman a week ago.
Detectives say Edward Charles Lee, 19, was part of the duo that robbed the Exxon gas station at 1285 Cleveland St. just after noon on July 17 before fleeing in a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis.
Hours earlier, an armed man and woman had stolen the car from the St. Petersburg home of 80-year-old Hazel Mead. Mead had been kidnapped, stuffed in the trunk and driven around for at least three hours.
Shortly after the robbery, the pair let Mead out of the trunk and fled. Mead was able to drive herself to a different gas station to get help. She was treated and released from a local hospital for minor injuries.
Detectives from the St. Petersburg and Clearwater police departments identified Lee as the male suspect from the robbery, police said, and arrested him shortly before noon Friday at the Moseley Motel, 401 34th St. N.
He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of armed robbery. Police are still investigating the carjacking and are working to identify the female abductor.