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Armed carjacking suspects caught, charged
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Plant City, Florida -- After searching for most of the day Wednesday, Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies finally tracked down the two men suspected of an armed carjacking in Plant City.

While investigating an unrelated crime in the area of CR 39 and Bruten Road around 11 a.m., a Plant City Police detective spotted the victim's brown Honda Accord. When the detectives tried to pull the car over, the driver sped off and crashed into a ditch.

The two men jumped out and ran from the car on foot into a wooded area. Multiple members of the sheriff's office set up a perimeter and after about six hours, K-9 teams tracked down the driver, 34-year-old Justin Blackmon, and his passenger, 29-year-old Timothy Connell.

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Tampa Police confirmed the two men were the ones who carjacked the car from a man who was pumping gas at the Rally's gas station in the 2300 block West Hillsborough Avenue.

Both men have been charged with armed carjacking and resisting without violence. Connell was also charged with violation of probation from a previous burglary charge.

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