Suspect arrested after armed robbery and standoff

- An armed robbery across the street from the University of Central Florida led to a standoff overnight. 

The incident occurred at a Circle K on Alafaya Trail late Thursday night, but it ended all the way across town in Winter Park.

Deputies say there were a lot of people inside at the Circle K when it was robbed around 10:30 p.m. A deputy got there after the clerk called 9-1-1 and got a good look at the suspect's black SUV and his license plate. 

The armed robber was spotted going west on University Boulevard. Deputies attempted to pull him over, but he took off leading to deputies performing a pit maneuver to make the suspect stop at the intersection of University and Quenita Drive in Winter Park. 

The suspect, 37-year-old Leslie Gopher, refused to come out of his car for two hours. Deputies say he had two guns. Hostage negotiators were there to convince him to come out and Gopher eventually surrendered. 
"Generally people do barricade themselves in structures. This was a little unusual, but it was not like it's never happened before," Orange County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Jane Watrel explained. "While this was a little unusual our hostage negotiators can handle any kind of situation so they were able to successfully convince him to give himself up." 
Gopher is charged with armed robbery and fleeing a law enforcement officer which are both felonies. Fortunately no one was hurt in all of this.


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