ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Armed robbery and kidnapping suspects have been arrested in Seminole County after being pursued by authorites in Orange County.  

  • Deputies: Armed robbery, kidnapping being investigated
  • Authorities say 2 people in custody
  • Deputies: Scene contained; no danger to anyone

Lashson Carden, 18, and a 17-year-old suspect are charged with armed kidnapping and robbery with a firearm.

Carden is also charged with fleeing and eluding.

According to Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies, the armed robbery and kidnapping started at the 1000 block of Lee Road and ended in the 800 block of East Altamonte Drive in Seminole County.

Deputies say they received a 911 call from a person who claimed to see a woman pulled into a white Honda on Lee Road and watched the Honda speed off. 

That 24-year-old woman seen pulled into the car told law enforcement she agreed to go in the vehicle, but while inside, she was held at gunpoint, reportedly unable to escape unless she paid the suspects. 

Deputies continued to pursue the white Honda as it fled Orange County, merged onto Interstate 4 and then pulled off onto State Road 436 in Seminole County. 

The suspects' vehicle then collided with another car. The two suspects subsequently fled on foot, attempting to enter a call center's business building. One man was able to get inside, however, both of the men were ultimately arrested. 

Two firearms were found in the Honda, including an AR-15 and a pistol. 

The person the suspects crashed into suffered minor injuries. 

A witness inside a nearby building says she and everyone inside the building were on lockdown for several hours Thursday afternoon, but they have since been allowed to leave.

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and Altamonte Springs Police were also on scene.

Both suspects are at Seminole County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing.

Reporter Jeff Allen contributed to this story.