Armed mini-mart robbery suspect thwarted by clerks

By Michelle Provencher 7:21pm, January 25, 2014
The alleged suspect of a Newark mini-mart stick-up returns a week later to attempt robbing the store again, but reportedly foiled by two employees.

State Police say a robbery took place at the Smoke Land Outlet and Mini Mart, located at 1147 Christiana Road, at about 7:15 p.m. January 17th.

Investigators say the suspect threatened a 21-year-old clerk with handgun before taking off with cash.

The same clerk was working Friday night, when police say he recognized the suspect on a parking lot security camera.

A 29-year-old co-worker allegedly confronted the suspect when he entered the store and police say the suspect attempted to pull a handgun out of his pocket before running out the door.

State investigators say the older employee was also carrying a handgun, and shot two rounds at the suspect's car.

As the suspect exited the parking lot, his car allegedly hit a parked tow-truck. Reports say the driver noted the suspect's license number.

32-year-old Ronald Keller is linked to the license number, according to police.

Keller was taken into custody without incident at 6 a.m. Saturday morning at his home on Anderson Road.

He was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $32,000 Secured Bond.

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