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Purse snatching leads to law enforcement pursuit in Pinellas County

Four people suspected of taking part in a purse snatching in St. Pete Beach were arrested after a law enforcement pursuit that ended near Eckerd College on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident began about 2:40 p.m. as a 66-year-old woman sat in her car near 210 Isle Drive in St. Pete Beach. A teenager asked her to roll the window down and asked for directions, Pinellas sheriff's officials said.

Deputies said the teen then pulled a handgun and demanded the woman's purse. The woman honked her horn to get attention from people nearby, and the teen snatched her purse through the window and fled in a blue Honda CRV, the Sheriff's Office said.

A passing deputy tried to pull the car over but it raced off, authorities said, and headed east on the Pinellas Bayway and into a residential area near 38th Way South and 50th Avenue.

Deputies said the Honda's driver tried to make a U-turn and a cruiser slammed into its side, causing the air bags to deploy and stopping the car.

Four people jumped from the car and ran into the neighborhood. Deputies found them within a couple hours and took them into custody.

Officials said Keo Elliott, 17, of St. Petersburg stole the woman's purse; Kevin L. Thompson, 18, of St. Petersburg drove the car; and Tiwan Woyna Jones, 16, was a passenger. The identity of the fourth person had not been confirmed by late Tuesday night.

All will face armed robbery charges. They also face grand theft auto charges because the Honda was stolen, sheriff's officials said.

Purse snatching leads to law enforcement pursuit in Pinellas County 10/29/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:53pm]
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