ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested two young men they say are suspects in three robberies this month.
Christopher Alexander, 22 of 1000 Sixth St. N, #2, and Brian Fuller, 21 of 4034 Fourth Ave. S, face charges of strong-arm robbery. Fuller also faces a charge of fleeing and eluding an officer.
Police said Alexander snatched a woman's wallet at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the Starbucks at 914 Fourth St. N. The woman was walking toward the entrance of the store when she was pushed down, injuring her hand and leg.
But as the two men ran, a man who is a civilian employee of the St. Petersburg Police Department followed in his car. He was able to pin Alexander near a wall, but the two suspects still got away.
Police arrested both men early Saturday, but not before they said Fuller tried to get away. He ran and jumped atop a roof at 3332 25th St. N, police said.
A citizen who knew police were looking for someone got a gun and ordered Fuller from the roof, officials said. The citizen then fired his gun to alert police.
Police say Alexander and Fuller are also suspects in two March 2 robberies. One was in the same parking lot; another was of an individual in the 400 block of Fourth Street N.