Orange County

How a traffic stop in Hillsborough solved a nearby robbery.

Orange County deputies made quick work of a robbery investigation in Hillsborough Tuesday night thanks to a traffic stop.

After receiving a 911 call from the robbery victim, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office rounded up the three suspects following a traffic stop by Cpl. Doug Tucker,

The suspects were identified as Antonio Lee Garris, Devon Montel Smith, and Shiheem Jermaine Robinson.

The suspects were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a stolen firearm.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bentley Woods Manor Apartments, formerly Colonial Estates Apartments, off Orange Grove Road in Hillsborough.

The victim, who was at the apartment complex to pick up a friend, told investigators the three suspects brandished firearms and demanded money and property. One of the suspects fired a shot before they fled in a dark colored Chrysler Sebring.

The vehicle was seen leaving the vicinity at a high rate of speed headed towards Efland. A traffic stop was conducted and the three suspects were detained by Tucker and other officers who identified them as the alleged armed robbers.

The victim’s property was found inside the suspects’ car, deputies said. Officers also found three loaded firearms, one of which was confirmed stolen from South Carolina.

Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood praised Tucker’s actions.

“He did an outstanding job,” Blackwood said. “It was a dangerous, rapidly evolving situation. Corporal Tucker was able to take all three into custody without incident.”

Investigators later determined that Robinson and Smith were both convicted felons. They may face additional charges of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The three suspects were being held in the Orange County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6678, @JEJ_HSNews