ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando police officer stopped a suspected armed robbery before the crime had been reported Tuesday. Police believe he may be connected to more robberies.
Police said a K9 officer spotted and detained a suspicious man, later identified as Kelsey Donnell Fisher, 42, in the area of Colonial Drive and Maguire Boulevard on Tuesday morning.
While the officer was talking to the Fisher an armed robbery at a nearby Jimmy John's sandwich shop was reported. Police said the description of the robber matched that of the man the officer had detained.
According to police, a man went into the Jimmy John's at 3164 Colonial Drive around 10:30 a.m. and tied up the employees at gunpoint.
Police said after the man fled the employees were able to free themselves and call 911.
"When he come out of there, he didn't come out with no sub, but with a pocket full of money," said witness James Parkhurst.
Witnesses said when Fisher came out of Jimmy John's he ran around to the back of the shopping plaza and was walking to a car when he spotted a police officer and turned around and ran into a nearby parking lot. That's when the officer stopped him.
Frances Sapp works at nearby Pizzeria Del-Dio and said Fisher passed right by her when he came into the parking lot. She said her restaurant is frequented by police and the alert officer was coming to get food when he stopped Fisher.
"It's really scary and it's very uneasy, but the police eat here very religiously and I'm at ease," Sapp said.
Police said they found the gun believed to have been used in the robbery.
Fisher was arrested and was being booked into the Orange County Jail early Tuesday afternoon. Police said he will be charged with armed robbery with a weapon, armed kidnapping with a weapon, and resisting officer without violence.
Police said they are questioning witnesses from other similar robberies where Fisher matches the description of the robber.