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Two suspects in a Clearwater carjacking are in custody. The Tuesday morning manhunt put a Pinellas Park school and a hospice on lockdown for a time.
One of the suspects is a 15-year-old, the other is 17. Investigators say the 15-year-old was armed with a gun.
One suspect was apprehended coming out of the water of Cross Bayou, near the Clearwater Cascade mobile home park, south of Cross Bayou Elementary School.
The school was placed on lockdown while police searched for the second suspect. Police checked the school before students were allowed inside.
The nearby Woodside Hospice was also placed on lockdown.
The second suspect was caught around 9:45 a.m. not far from where the first suspect was apprehended.
Just before 4:30 a.m., police say the two suspects confronted a woman showing up for work at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. The woman, Susan Biggs, was reading a Bible when she was approached.
They took her car and fled the scene. Biggs was not injured.
The teens abandoned the car at 94th Avenue North and 66th Street in Pinellas Park, according to Clearwater Police.
Representatives of the Clearwater Police Department, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Largo Police and Pinellas Park Police were involved in the pursuit of the suspects.
"Being a heavily concentrated residential area where everybody's kind of starting their days, (and) the unpredictableness of the suspects we had to give this top priority," said Pinellas Park Police Sgt. Adam Geissenberger.
Before the incident in Clearwater, Largo Police said the duo is to blame for the carjacking of a 56-year-old man at a McDonald's on Ulmerton Road. That happened Monday at 10:32 p.m. The victim told police one of the teen's had a semi-automatic handgun and ordered him out of his SUV.
Largo Police have charged the 15-year-old with armed carjacking.
Both juveniles have a history of arrests for stealing and breaking into cars, but they have yet to be convicted.