A man who failed then succeeded in carjacking a vehicle from an elderly driver in Seminole is in custody on Monday after he was caught following a short chase.
Anthony Eugene Sutton, 37, of 5240 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg has been charged with carjacking, attempted carjacking and felony fleeing and eluding.
Deputies said that a 54-year-old woman was getting out of her car with her children about 3:33 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sweetbay at 10370 Seminole Blvd., when Sutton approached and pointed a gun at her. The family was able to run away, with the keys to the car.
Sutton then went to an 82-year-old driver who was parked in a car outside the store waiting for his wife, the sheriff's office said. Sutton tapped his gun on the driver's side window of the 2003 Buick, and told the driver to get out. The driver did, and Sutton fled in the car.
Sutton was spotted soon afterward by an undercover detective near Clearwater-Largo and Mehlenbacher roads, according to the sheriff's office.
Patrol units and the sheriff's helicopter chased Sutton for a short time, before he ran from the vehicle at Gladys Street and Karen Avenue in Largo. He was arrested soon afterward, the sheriff's office said.
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