ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - He has been dubbed the "Batman" robber, and now he is in jail. The Orange County Sheriff's Office on Monday announced the arrest of Juan Carlos Nieves Morales, 26, identified as a suspect in nine armed robberies over the last month.
Detectives arrested Morales in a car in east Orange County on Monday morning. They plan to charge him in at least five of the nine cases. In two of the robberies, detectives say he wore a Batman hoodie and he gained national news coverage after that.
Investigators say witnesses followed morales after he allegedly robbed a pizza place late Friday night. They helped detectives find the suspect's cell phone and that led to his arrest. Sheriff Jerry Demings says Morales appears to have a $1,000-a-day heroin addiction which fueled the crime spree. He says this case shows how heroin addiction can cause people to commit potentially violent crimes putting innocent people at risk.