ORLANDO, Fla. – One day before the two-year mark of an Orlando gun show burglary during which dozens of firearms were stolen by a group of young men, Orange County deputies stopped traffic for more than an hour on I-4 Tuesday morning to arrest one of the suspects.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office tweeted an apology to the drivers on I-4, explaining the reason for the delay after shutting down the interstate near Lee Road in both directions The interstate completely reopened around 8:20 a.m.
"To the good people on I-4 this morning: We cannot thank you enough for your patience as OCSO deputies made an arrest of a wanted suspect," the tweet said. "This was from a 2015 OPD case where 7 young men broke into the Central Florida Fairgrounds and stole weapons from the Florida Gun Show."
That 2015 case was when Orlando police said several shirtless young men broke into the gun show being held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on the Fourth of July and stole 24 firearms.
Orlando police said nine people were arrested after the gun show burglary, eight were juveniles at the time.
On I-4 Tuesday morning, Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Williamson said deputies had been tracking Isaiah Montgomery, 18, another suspect they say was involved in the gun theft case.
An Orlando police spokesperson said Montgomery was arrested two months after the 2015 burglary and he was on probation. A warrant was issued for his arrested after Montgomery violated his probation.
Williamson said that deputies had recently tracked down Montgomery in the last few days and were eager to make an arrest because he had posted several social media posts showing himself bearing firearms.
Deputies found Montgomery and other suspects on I-4 Tuesday morning, Williamson said.
"Seeing this opportunity deputies performed a felony stop and shut down traffic on I-4 for about 1 1/2 hours," Williamson said.
After the stop, 15 people were detained, including Montgomery, who was arrested on the warrant from the 2015 gun show burglary. Deputies said they found drugs and firearms during the stop. No one else was charged.
There were no injuries, Williamson said. The investigation is open and ongoing.