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Suspect breaks ankles trying to elude police

A suspected burglar trying to elude police jumped from the roof of a two-story building and broke both ankles Tuesday, authorities said.

Michael Wilson, 35, of St. Petersburg, also fractured his left leg in several places. He was on the ground when officers reached him about 2:40 a.m. outside Coastal Steel Construction at 950 31st St. S.

"He was in a lot of pain," said Officer Lilla Davis, a police spokeswoman.

Wilson was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he remained under police guard Tuesday night. He was charged with commercial burglary, as was another man who jumped from the roof but was uninjured, Davis said.

That man _ identified as Thomas Witcherd, 39, of 1721 Patton Ave. S _ also was charged with commercial burglary. According to police, the two riffled through drawers and file cabinets at the business but didn't steal anything.

2-year-old survives fall

from third-floor window

ST. PETERSBURG _ A toddler survived a 30-foot fall from a third-floor window Tuesday night, authorities said.

The boy was identified as Darrel Davis III, 2, of 741 15th St. S, Apt. C-106. According to police and neighbors, he was playing with other young children in his family's apartment about 8:10 p.m. when he pushed a screen from the window, then went tumbling out himself.

He landed on rain-soaked grass, apparently on his back.

They boy was taken to the Bayfront Medical Center. Hospital officials would not release his condition because of his age. But police said the injuries were not life threatening. Police attributed his survival to the soft earth and the resilience of his young body.

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