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Two young St. Petersburg men charged with carjacking

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested two men they accused of carjacking a young woman late Tuesday.

Kentrell Barrett, 19, and Wendell Currin, 23, both of St. Petersburg, approached the 19-year-old woman about 11 p.m. at Burlington Avenue N and 30th Street N, said police spokesman Mike Puetz.

The woman was standing near her car with a man, Puetz said.

She told police Barrett and Currin exchanged some sort of greeting and then walked away. But after a few moments, they turned around came back, demanding money and the keys to the young woman's 2007 Honda Accord.

Both Barrett and Currin had guns, police said, and one of them shot into the air before demanding that the woman and man lie on the ground.

Officers found the Honda abandoned about 20 minutes later near 15th Avenue S and 28th Street. They located Barrett and Currin shortly after that, Puetz said.

Barrett faces charges of carjacking and violating probation in a stalking case. He was being held in the Pinellas County Jail without bail.

Currin was arrested on charges of carjacking and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $50,150 bail.

Two young St. Petersburg men charged with carjacking 01/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:23pm]
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