A pair of elusive robbery suspects were captured late Friday with the help of a civilian, St. Petersburg police said.
Christopher Alexander, 22, robbed a Starbucks patron on Thursday as she was walking outside the coffee shop, so an employee chased him in a vehicle and pinned him against a wall with it, police said.
But Alexander, 1000 Sixth St. N., wriggled free and fled, robbery detectives say.
The Starbucks patron was injured in the robbery when Alexander pushed her from behind, causing her to fall, detectives said. She hurt her left hand and left leg.
Alexander's brother – identified as Brian Fuller, 21, of 4034 Fourth Ave. S. – was implicated in the robbery since he was seen running with Alexander after the victim's wallet was snatched, detectives said.
After receiving a tip, police located the two at 2427 32nd Ave. N. and arrested Alexander, but Fuller fled onto a roof at 3332 25th St. N.
A citizen in the area, aware that police were looking for someone, armed himself with a gun and ordered Fuller off the roof, police say. Fuller got off the roof and started approaching the citizen, so the civilian fired his gun to alert police, detectives say. Fuller was then taken into custody.
Alexander was charged with one count of strong arm robbery and is being held on $5,000 bail. Fuller was charged with one count of strong arm robbery and with fleeing and eluding and is being held on $10,000 bail.
The two brothers are also suspected in – but have not been charged in – three other robberies, police said.