Kissimmee cops: Armed robbery suspect arrested with help of Osceola County Sheriff's k-9 unit

Alleged robber writes letter of apology to clerks of Metro PCS

Kissimmee robbery suspect / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Kissimmee police officers arrested Efrain Lopez, 34, of 126 Knotts Lane Apt. B, Kissimmee,  shown here in an Osceola County jail mugshot, on charges of robbery with a firearm, grand theft, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

KISSIMMEE -- A Kissimmee man has been arrested in connection with Monday's armed robbery of the Metro PCS store, 715 East Vine St.

Kissimmee cops responded to the Metro PCS store at 1:45 p.m. in response to a 9-1-1 call of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, Officers learned that a Hispanic man walked inside, approached the clerk with his hand in his pocket said, “Give me the money.”

"The clerk did not see a gun, but assumed the suspect had one in his pocket," Kissimmee police spokeswoman Stacie Miller told Headline Surfer. "The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one inside the store was injured during the incident."

Miller said cops searched the area for the robber with the help of Osceola County Sheriff’s office K9 unit. The K9 track led cops to the Flamingo Inn and the suspect was located inside room No. 118. The alleged gunman, 34-year-old Efrain Lopez, was arrested and subsequently charged after being positively identified by witnesses as the same person who robbed the Metro PCS store a short time earlier.

Lopez was charged with robbery with a firearm, grand theft, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Osceola County Jail where he is being held on $2,000 bond.

"Lopez cooperated with detectives and he voluntarily wrote an apology letter to the clerks at Metro PCS," Miller said.

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