Cellphone app helps police nap suspects in armed robbery

Cellphone app helps police nap suspects in armed robbery

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Three men have been arrested, accused in an armed robbery which took place behind a restaurant on Virginia Drive west of Mills Avenue.  Police credit a cellphone GPS tracking application for leading to their arrests.

"I turned and saw the gun in my face and was a little shocked," said 36-year-old Robert Thompson.

He began his morning being held up at gunpoint behind Santiago's Bodega, the restaurant where he works as an art designer.

"He got what he wanted, told me to lay on the ground, that he was going to shoot me if I moved, and told me to count to 100," he said.  "And then he ran off."

But the suspects wouldn't get far.  Thompson said a GPS app on his cellphone helped pinpoint the suspects.

"I went inside and pulled up my phone on my computer, and the GPS tracked the car and the cops were able to look at my computer and follow the car down the highway."

Orlando police said the suspects fled in a car onto State Road 408.  They were later spotted getting off the toll road at old winter garden road, where they crashed the car and then fled on foot.   They were eventually arrested.

Police said the car in which the three suspects were traveling was from a carjacking that happened in Ocoee.  investigators said the suspects could be tied to multiple, violent, armed robberies in Orlando and other cities.

"I'm happy that they've been caught," Thompson said.

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