St. Petersburg, Florida -- Two teens were arrested for carjacking a woman's SUV who had just arrived at a Walmart parking lot Thursday evening.
St. Pete Police say around 6:30 p.m., a 29-year-old woman had just parked her Toyota 4-Runner in the Walmart parking lot on 34th Street South.
As she was getting ready to get out, a 15-year-old got in vehicle through the front passenger door and demanded that she drive the car out of the lot.
The woman tried to get out, but was grabbed around the neck by the teen, forcing her to stay inside. She started screaming attracting the attention of a passer-by who began to approach to see what was wrong. This was enough of a distraction for the woman to break free and escape from the vehicle.
With that, police say the teen moved over into the driver's seat and a second teen jumped into the passenger seat and the two drove out of the parking lot.
A short time later, officers spotted the stolen SUV in the 2700 block of 28th Street South. They tried to stop the vehicle, which fled, and a pursuit ensued.
The two teens, who had now been joined by a third person, abandoned the vehicle in the 2400 block of 27 Street South and attempted to flee on foot, but were apprehended shortly thereafter with the assistance of a K-9 unit and the PCSO helicopter.
The 15-year-old and his 17-year-old accomplice were identified by the woman and charged with Carjacking and False Imprisonment.
The third person arrested was apparently not involved in the carjacking and had been picked up after the fact. He was identified as 21-year-old Jeremey Robinson and charged with Resisting an Officer without Violence.