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St. Pete carjacking suspects arrested after chase, crashes


Published:   |   Updated: December 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

ST. PETERSBURG — A 2013 Hyundai Sonata that was carjacked Tuesday night from a 17-year-old girl was located Wednesday night, and officers were able to arrest the suspects after a series of harrowing and malicious crashes into patrol cars by the suspects, the St. Petersburg Police Department said.

Police have arrested three people, and two of them -- Sharrod Holmes, 16, and Corey Ellis, 18 -- are the suspects wanted in Tuesday’s carjacking, police said.

Ellis faces charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Holmes was arrested but hasn’t been charged, police said.

Mundae Francis, 24, was also arrested Wednesday night, but he hasn’t been charged at this time, police said.

At around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. Petersburg police received a tip that the stolen Hyundai was parked at a Citgo gas station, 4210 Park Blvd. N. in Pinellas Park.

Holmes, who was driving the Hyundai, went inside the store, police said. He returned and entered the passenger side of a vehicle that was also parked at the gas station and was driven by Francis, police said.

Police units moved in on the vehicle that Francis was driving and tried to block it in, police said.

Francis accelerated his car and crashed into the front of a police cruiser driven by St. Petersburg police Officer Eric Holmes. The cruiser sustained heavy damage and Eric Holmes was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Francis and Sharrod Holmes were arrested at the scene. Illegal drugs were found in the vehicle. Both men face multiple charges, police said.

After Francis crashed into the patrol car, Ellis got into the driver’s side of the stolen Hyundai, police said.

Ellis crashed into several patrol cars and managed to drive away from the Citgo.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies chased the Hyundai and performed a maneuver that caused Ellis to lose control of the vehicle and spin, police said. Ellis was arrested. A firearm was found inside the Hyundai, police said.

Investigators are interviewing Ellis, Sharrod Holmes and Francis, police said.

Police think Ellis and Holmes carjacked the Hyundai on Tuesday from a 17-year-old girl who was driving her grandfather’s car, police said.

The teenager had pulled into a driveway in the 1800 block of 64th Avenue North at about 6:30 p.m. with a friend when a car pulled up, police said.

The two suspects wearing dark hoodies got out of the car, and one of them, wielding a handgun, demanded the key and pistol-whipped the girl in the face, police said. One of the suspects then drove off in the Hyundai and the other drove away in the suspects’ vehicle, police said.

The girl’s grandparents took her to All Children’s Hospital, where she was expected to be treated for a laceration to the face, police said.

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