Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Teens accused in carjacking will appear before judge today

Two teens charged in connection with an armed carjacking at Morton Plant Hospital are scheduled to appear before a judge early Wednesday.

A Pinellas Park Police department spokesman said Edwin Tyree Washington, 15, and Roy Powell Jr., 17, threatened Susan Biggs at gunpoint as she waited in the hospital parking lot about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. The pair then took off in her Chevrolet HHR.

Police believe Washington was also involved in a separate auto theft in Largo Monday night.

After the second theft at Morton Plant, the teens fled and were pursued by police. They abandoned the car near a dead-end road at 66th Street and 94th Avenue N in Pinellas Park and ran.

Police used search dogs and a helicopter to scour the area for several hours. One teen was found emerging from the water in Cross Bayou Canal and the other was caught near the 9700 block of 68th Street N.

Washington of Clearwater and Powell of St. Petersburg both face charges of armed carjacking. Powell, who is also accused of breaking into two sheds while running from police, faces two counts of burglary. Washington will face a second armed carjacking charge in connection with the Monday night attack.

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