ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested two teenagers they say are responsible for a carjacking Thursday night in the parking lot of Walmart on 34th Street S.
Police said a 15-year-old-boy, whom the Tampa Bay Times isn't naming because of his age, approached a 29-year-old woman just after she parked her Toyota 4-runner SUV at Walmart. The teen got into the front passenger seat and told her to drive out the parking lot, police said. When she tried to leave the vehicle, he grabbed her by the neck and held her inside, police said.
She screamed and got the attention of someone in a passing car. When that person approached, police said the teen was distracted enough for the woman to get away. The teenager then moved into the driver's seat and a 17-year-old boy slipped into the passenger seat. The teens drove off, but police found the SUV a short while later parked in the 2700 block of 28th Street South.
The teens were still in the vehicle, police said, and jumped out and ran when police arrived. They were found a short time later by K-9 units. A third man, 21-year-old Jeremy Robinson, also was in the SUV and fled from police. Both teens were arrested on charges of carjacking and false imprisonment. Robinson was arrested on a charge of resisting an officer without violence.
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