ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Two men have been arrested in connection with two home invasions in St. Petersburg that happened overnight.
St. Petersburg police say a man got a text from his girlfriend saying she was "bring robbed" at her home on 36th Ave. North early Sunday. When the boyfriend came to the home, he reportedly saw movement inside the house and called 911.
Officers say when they arrived at the home they saw two suspects get into a waiting vehicle. The officers chased those suspects, 29-year-old Anthony Stewart and 27-year-old Maurice Climes, until they abandoned the car in the 4700 block of 13th Ave. North.
Police say Stewart and Climes then committed another home invasion at a home on 15th Avenue North while a search for them was underway. Two adults in the home were reportedly asleep when the suspects kicked in the front door. One of the men allegedly came into the bedroom and demanded keys to the couple's car. Authorities say the female victim grabbed the couple's 7-day-old infant and her phone, then hid in the closet to call police. The male victim reportedly tried to get Stewart and Climes out of his house. Police say when that didn't work he grabbed a gun, almost shooting the suspects as they stole his vehicle.
Officers spotted the vehicle driving away from the home and pursued it for approximately 20 minutes through several cities.
Stewart and Climes reportedly bailed from the car in front of the Applebee's on Park Blvd. in the Park Place Shopping Center. Police say one of them then tried to carjack another vehicle before he was apprehended by several officers. Both men were arrested.
A third suspect, the getaway driver from the first home invasion, is still at large.
Police say there were no injuries in either incident. Four guns, two of which were assault rifles, were recovered from the first vehicle
Stewart and Climes are charged with multiple felonies, including home invasion robbery.