TAMPA - Hillsborough County deputies and Tampa Police apprehended two suspects who took a man's car at gunpoint and led authorities on a seven-hour manhunt.
Justin Blackmon and Timothy Connell were both charged by Tampa Police with committing an armed carjacking. Hillsborough County charged them both with resisting arrest.
A suspect was seen on chopper video being taken into custody. He was flushed out from a swamp around 5 p.m.
Following the capture of the first suspect, more than 50 deputies went door-to-door searching for the remaining suspect. They believed he could be holed up in a house.
A resident off Shoupe Road spotted the remaining suspect, who was apprehended around 7:00 p.m.
Deputies say the two men ran off into a deeply wooded area, forcing law enforcement in the air and on foot to track them down. The search lasted seven hours.
"They picked the wrong neighborhood," said Jesse Carr, a resident who is assisted in the search with his ATV.
The victim, Alexander Soto, 18, was sitting in his car at the Rally Gas Station at 2356 W Hillsborough in Tampa when two men approached him around 5 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office report.
"They were calm but then started raising their voices," recalled Soto.
Soto says the suspects showed him they were carrying guns, demanded his keys and kicked Soto out of the car. The suspects then sped off with the vehicle, described as an older model Honda Accord.
A Plant City detective in the Bruton Road area saw the vehicle about 12:30 p.m.and started following it after noting the suspects looked suspicious. Deputies also heard what sounded like a gunshot near 7221 Charles Humphry Road.
The driver of the Honda panicked, sped off down the road and crashed into a grass ditch. Both suspects got out of the car and ran, fleeing into a rural area, large and heavily wooded, that runs north to the Pasco County line.
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