Fla. man takes five-month-old son on armed burglary attempt
(ABC Action News) ST. PETERSBURG – A St. Petersburg man is accused of bringing his 5-month-old son along while he committed an armed burglary Monday.
Corey Mathews, 22, of 607 Seventh St. N. is now charged with residential burglary, aggravated assault, child neglect and violation of probation.
Police say around 5:45 pm. Monday, a man returned to his residence in the 300 block of Ninth Avenue North and found Mathews standing near the back of his house holding a baby in a car carrier.
Mathews reportedly yelled out to another man who was trying to break into the home and that man ran away, officers explained.
Officers said Mathews then walked away down an alley while carrying his 5-month-old son. However, the homeowner said Mathews first took off on a bicycle.
The homeowner called 911 as he followed Mathews down the alley.
“He’s right here and he ain’t going anywhere,” the homeowner tells 911 dispatchers as Mathews’ son cried in the background.
Police say Mathews put his son down, pulled a knife, walked toward the homeowner and threatened to kill the homeowner if he continued to follow him.
“Sir, can you go back inside?” a female dispatchers asks the homeowner. “I don’t want you to get hurt.”
The homeowner backed off and Mathews walked off with his son, police say.
Mathews was later stopped by responding officers in the area of Joyce Terrace North and Fourth Street North. He was still holding his son at the time.
Police say they found he still had the knife he used to threaten the homeowner.
Police have identified the second suspect but have not yet charged him or released his name.
Mathew’s son is now in custody of his paternal grandmother.
The suspect’s mother declined to comment.
A Department of Children and Families investigator was at the home at the time.
The homeowner involved also declined to comment.