• DNA leads to arrest of serial robbery, shooting suspect in Winter Garden, police say

    By: Jeff Deal , James Tutten

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    WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Winter Garden police arrested a man suspected in a series of violent crimes that terrorized Orange County earlier this year.

    Police believe 45-year-old Calvin Love is responsible for robberies, a shooting and carjackings.

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    Police said in August they had DNA from one of the crime scenes, but it didn't match anyone on file.

    However, Love was arrested in connection with a bank robbery in Orlando in October, and on Wednesday, police arrested him in connection with the other violent crimes.

    The armed suspect held an Orlando Dunkin' worker at gunpoint, and surveillance video shows him lashing out and striking the employee with the gun, deputies said.

    Deputies said that was the beginning of a weeklong spree of violence that terrorized Central Florida in early April.

    Police believe the same man carjacked a woman outside an Orlando Petco, then used the car to rob a CVS off Sand Lake Road and later dumped the stolen car on John Young Parkway.

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    In Winter Garden, the suspect allegedly shot a man while robbing him at a SunTrust bank, then is accused of pulling a carjacking a block away and immediately useing the car to pull a robbery at an Orlando CVS, officers said.

    Law enforcement agencies across Orange County worked together to try to identify him.

    Then, the crimes suddenly stopped, but investigators said they had DNA from the scenes linking him to the crimes and the case being solved was only a matter of getting a DNA match. 

    Love was arrested by Orlando police in October on suspicion of an armed bank robbery at a SunTrust bank in September.

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    He bonded out of jail earlier this month, but now it seems DNA from that arrest possibly gave Winter Garden police the match they needed to solve their rash of violent crimes, according to police.

    Winter Garden police handed him off to Orange County deputies for questioning in their cases.

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