• Officials: Man responsible for 20 armed robberies in Orange County


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Surveillance cameras have captured an armed man over and over, robbing businesses where families shop and eat, investigators said.

    But he's managed to elude deputies for months and authorities said they want to catch him before someone gets hurt.

    Orange County deputies said the man is responsible for robbing 20 stores since December.

    He allegedly hit fast-food restaurants and stores, including Burger King, Subway, and CVS.  

    Officials are now offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who can help catch the man.

    Channel 9’s Renee Stoll spoke to one of the employees at the Subway on West Colonial Drive, where the employee said the robber held him at gunpoint.

    The employee said he was surprised the man was still on the loose and hitting up other businesses.

    He said the robbery was one of the scariest experiences for him and the other employees who were working that night.

    “We had two females in the store at that time, and one female tried to exit the store during the robbery, and she was held up and he told her, 'Do not move',” said the victim, who didn’t want to be identified.

    The holdup is one of at least 20 robberies the Orange County Sheriff’s Office believes the man pulled off since December.

    The FBI is now involved in the investigation.

    “I hope he is brought to justice before somebody out here get(s) hurt,” said customer Alex Moody.

    In one of the robbery cases, investigators said the suspect pulled a gun on a deputy before taking off.

    Surveillance pictures show the man wearing a hoodie in some of the robberies, and he often wears a mask to cover his face and nose.

    Investigators were able to put a composite sketch together from witnesses.

    “It’s just very strange. He could rob 20 stores and doesn’t get caught, and we have all this technology nowadays,” the victim said.

    Investigators said the suspect is dangerous and they don’t want anyone approaching him if they see him.

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