Teen, 19, arrested for stealing car with baby in St. Pete

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A teen who has been arrested more than 25 times was arrested again Thursday morning, this time for stealing a car with a baby inside earlier this week in St. Petersburg. 

St. Petersburg police say they caught Rashad Webb, 19, driving another stolen car.  This was Webb’s 27th arrest.

Officers from the Violent Crimes Task Force spotted the stolen rented Toyota Corolla just before 2 a.m. on Thursday. But when they tried to stop him, he drove off at a high rate of speed. 

Officers were later able to deploy stop sticks and Webb ultimately stopped the vehicle in the 2200 block of 15th Avenue South and surrendered.

Webb was wanted for stealing a car that had a inside. The car was stolen Monday from the Gateway on 4th Apartments.  Webb told police that when he realized the baby was in the car, he dropped the baby off in the parking lot. 

WFLA News Channel 8 Photographer Michael Egger happened to be at the apartment complex and discovered the baby. Egger was there with WFLA News Channel 8 On Your Side Reporter Mark Douglas covering a different news story.

Webb was arrested on warrant and charged with: Child Abuse, Occupied Vehicle Burglary, and Auto Theft (Case 2018-17667).  The bond on the warrant is $90,000.

Webb was also charged with Auto Theft, Fleeing and Eluding, and No Valid  Driver’s License from the incident that happened on Thursday morning.

Police say Webb has been arrested 27 times in Pinellas County since the age of 10.  

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