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Pinellas deputies: Guns, bandanas found after Jeep rams squad car

ST. PETERSBURG — A Jeep stolen in a home-invasion robbery twice last week rammed squad cars, authorities said.

The second time, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the driver was caught.

The 2007 Jeep Compass was stolen Nov. 3 during a robbery in St. Petersburg. On Wednesday, it rammed a St. Petersburg police car, the Sheriff's Office said.

On Friday night, members of the city-county Violent Crime Task Force spotted the sport utility vehicle outside a convenience store at 1421 22nd St. S. While the passenger went inside, task force members approached the driver, Tor Maurice Nelson, 23. But he rammed a sheriff's cruiser and then ran from the Jeep, the Sheriff's Office said.

He was captured and the passenger, Raphael Williams, 26, was arrested in the convenience store with incident. The Sheriff's Office said two .38 caliber handguns and two black bandannas were found in the SUV.

The men, both from St. Petersburg, faces charges of grand theft auto, felon in possession of a firearm and probation violations. Additionally, Nelson faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding and resisting a law enforcement office with violence. Both remained in jail Sunday.

The home invasion robbery remains under investigation.

Pinellas deputies: Guns, bandanas found after Jeep rams squad car 12/02/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 2, 2012 1:57pm]
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