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Police arrest two men in St. Petersburg shooting after high-speed chase, crash

St. Petersburg investigators work the shooting scene Monday near 1414 20th Ave. S. Cortezz Foster, 28, was shot twice and listed in critical condition.  Two were arrested after a chase.

KATHLEEN FLYNN | Times

St. Petersburg investigators work the shooting scene Monday near 1414 20th Ave. S. Cortezz Foster, 28, was shot twice and listed in critical condition. Two were arrested after a chase.

ST. PETERSBURG — Two men wanted in a robbery and shooting early Monday were quickly arrested, but not before they led police on a high-speed chase, officials said.

Police say that Quinton Collier, 28, and Arsenio T. Brinson, 24, tried to rob Cortezz Foster about 4 a.m., as he sat in a parked car in front of 1414 20th Ave. S

Foster, 28, was shot twice, police said. He was later listed in critical condition Bayfront Medical Center.

Witnesses told police the robbers fled in a dark Nissan Altima and a car of that description was seen at 4:17 a.m., getting onto Interstate 275 at 28th Street S,

When officers tried to stop it, police said, the vehicle sped off, heading north on I-275, at speeds of up to 100 mph. As the Altima got off at 22 Avenue N, it crashed into a concrete median hard enough to disable it.

The two men inside got out and ran, police said.

A five-block perimeter was set up as officers searched for the men, closing westbound lanes of 22nd Avenue N for about an hour, Bay News 9 reported.

Collier, who police said had been driving, was arrested after a brief foot chase, but not before trying to punch the arresting officer.

Brinson slipped out of the area but was tracked by a police dog and found hiding behind a fence at 1936 25th Ave. N, police said. The dog bit Brinson in his lower left leg, officials said.

Both men were in custody just before 5 a.m.

A 9 mm handgun was found on the driver's side floor of the Altima, police said.

The car is registered to a St. Petersburg woman whom police did not identify.

Collier and Brinson denied any involvement in the robbery and shooting, police said.

Collier was charged with fleeing and eluding, being a felon in possession of a firearm, resisting a police officer with violence and marijuana possession.

Brinson, who already was wanted for failure to appear in court on an obstruction of justice charge, was charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest without violence.

Records show both men have a history of arrests in Pinellas County.

Collier was held Monday in lieu of $41,000 bail and Brinson was held in lieu of $2,013 bail.

Contact Marissa Lang at mlang@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3386.

Police arrest two men in St. Petersburg shooting after high-speed chase, crash 12/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 6:51pm]
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