• Robbery suspect arrested after fleeing Orange County deputies, refuses first court appearance

    By: Jason Kelly , Kelly Healey

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    MOUNT DORA, Fla. - A 32-year-old robbery suspect who fled from Orange County deputies during an attempted traffic stop and crashed in Mount Dora late Monday was arrested Tuesday, the Mount Dora Police Department said.

    Charles Anthony Gunn II refused to appear before a judge for his first appearance Wednesday morning.

    The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies tried to pull over Gunn shortly after 11:45 p.m. Monday in Orange County, but he sped away before the deputy approached the car.

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    Deputies said the car crashed in Mount Dora and two people ran from the car.

    One person was captured shortly after the crash, but Gunn had been at large until Tuesday afternoon.

    From Skywitness 9, deputies were seen using SWAT vehicles to tear through the roof of a vacant Mount Dora Public Works Department building.

    Investigators said Gunn was not in the building as first thought, and he was arrested on Grant Avenue.

    Deputies said Gunn robbed Vincent’s Italian Restaurant early Monday. They said they are searching for a second suspect.

    Schools were placed on lockdown during the manhunt as a precaution, officials said.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crimeline at 407-423-8477.

    Check back and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News for live updates on this developing story.

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