Woman hides in closet with infant during St. Petersburg home invasion

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jeremy Reed and Anna Soto's newborn daughter Jenna is only a week old. They haven't had a lot of sleep lately with a new baby in the house. Saturday night they had a few frightening sounds in their home, apart from crying.

"It was a very loud noise so I definitely knew something was wrong and it was almost instantly that someone was in our bedroom," said Soto.

The St. Petersburg Police Department said Sunday morning Anthony Stewart and Maurice Climes kicked in the family's front door off 15th Avenue North.

Authorities say the pair told the parents they had guns and demanded their car keys, but Reed's only thought was to protect his baby girl and her mother.

"I grabbed him and started running and pushed him as hard as I could. I got out to the living room and pushed him into the other guy," Reed said.

Soto hid in a closet and dialed 911.

"I just thought that I needed to just get her and grab her and keep her safe," Soto said.

"As this went along they got more and more desperate," said Puetz.

Mike Puetz with the St. Petersburg Police Department, said the suspects along with a getaway driver were on a crime spree Saturday night. Puetz said the pair had been running from officers after tying up a woman and her 9-year-old daughter during a previous home invasion on 36th Ave North in St. Petersburg.

During that invasion the child has awoke during the robbery and came out to see what was going on.

The two suspects forced the child to sit down next to her mother who was tied up with an electric cord. Another child was asleep in the house during the robbery.

"These are definitely violent individuals. We did find a number of guns inside the original vehicle, there were at least two assault rifles," Puetz told ABC Action News.

After getting away with the family's car, police said they went on a 20 minute chase through several cities. Eventually arresting two of the men involved. A third suspect fled.

Soto and Reed tell us their car is totaled, but they are lucky to be alright.

"It is a little rough with the little new born one week old, but we will make it work and as long as our family is safe that is what is important," said Soto. 
 

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