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2 in custody following armed carjacking, bi-state police chase

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Heavy police presence in Granite City following chase Wednesday (Credit: KMOV) Heavy police presence in Granite City following chase Wednesday (Credit: KMOV)

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Two suspects are in custody after leading police on a bi-state chase in a car that was carjacked overnight, according to officials in St. Clair County.

Investigators believe the two may be connected to a crime spree in the Metro East.

Tuesday around 11:15 p.m., Swansea police reported a woman was carjacked at the BP gas station at N. 17th and North Belt West. In surveillance video obtained by News 4, a gunman can be seen forcing her out of her Nissan Altima and then driving off in it.

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department said 10 minutes later, a 23-year-old had her 2009 Pontiac G8 with Illinois license plate number AP57112 taken from her at gunpoint by two men who blocked her vehicle in the 2600 block of Eastview Drive just before 11:30 p.m.The carjackers let the woman take her 3-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son from the vehicle before the suspects drove off in it.

Around noon Wednesday, officials said they used GPS to begin tracking the stolen Pontiac in the Glen Carbon area. The chase crossed from Illinois into Missouri at speeds up to 100 miles per hour and officers decided to back off.

But authorities said the suspects were seen in Soulard getting into a Mercury Marquis. St. Louis police officers chased the vehicle back across into Illinois. Just before 1:00 p.m.,

Skyzoom4 was over what appeared to be the end of the chase in Granite City. Police arrested a man and a woman and said they're still looking for a second male suspect.

Sheriff's officials say the carjackings were part of a dangerous crime spree.

Capt. Bruce Fleshren said, "They're brandishing guns, removing children from vehicles while armed. Clearly, they're on some type of a crime spree that we're very happy, we hope we've resolved, Yeah their actions are very dangerous."

Fleshren said the Jeep Cherokee the carjackers were driving Tuesday night had been stolen in Maryville and that the carjackers may have been involved in a car theft in Collinsville also.

No one was injured in the carjackings.

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