ORLANDO, Fla. – A man charged with armed robbery of an Orlando 7-Eleven told detectives that he started committing crimes after he moved to the U.S. to become a millionaire and later lost his job.
An armed robbery was reported to Orlando police June 6 at the 7-Eleven at 5570 N. Orange Blossom Trail. The employee told police that a man entered the store with a firearm and demanded he fill a duffel bag with cash.
Surveillance video shows the man pointing a gun at the store employee with a child standing next to the counter.
Four days later, Orange County deputies arrested two men after a pursuit related to a store robbery. They notified Orlando police that Witelson Abel, 22, was still wearing the clothes he had on for the June 6 7-Eleven robbery, detectives said.
Abel told detectives that he came to America to become a millionaire, but that it was not easy. After he lost his job he said he started to rob people and then businesses, according to the report.
Abel is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and petit theft. He was ordered held on no bond.
Lovensky Exilas, 21, was charged in the armed robbery, police said. His bond information was not immediately available. Exilas was the registered owner of the vehicle used in the robbery, police said.
Orlando police public information Officer Michelle Guido said the arrests were made because of the cooperation between the two agencies.
Both men will also face charges in a separate Orange County Sheriff's Office investigation, Guido said.