Justin Ramos is a suspect in robberies that took place Sept. 4 and Sept. 21

Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the robbery took place at about 2:18 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Dollar General Store at 1059 Walker Road in the Hamlet Shopping Center.

Hoffman said a man, later identified as Justin Ramos came into the store, showed a knife to the clerk and demanded money. After receiving the money, he drove off in a dark blue Hyundai SUV.

However, detectives had the vehicle’s license number and went to the area of General’s Greene, off Route 10, to look for the vehicle or Ramos himself. Failing to find Ramos at his apartment, officers were leaving when they spotted the SUV in the McDonald’s parking lot; they stopped the vehicle and arrested Ramos without his resisting.

A search turned up heroin and the knife used in the robbery, Hoffman said.

Ramos is charged with first-degree robbery, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has been ordered held at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, after failing to pay a $41,000 secured bond.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Ramos also is a suspect in the Sept 4 robbery of a clerk at the Dollar General Store at 250 Gateway South Boulevard, just down the road from General’s Greene. In that case, the robber reached over the store counter as the clerk opened the register and grabbed cash from the till. The robber grabbed the woman by the arm as she tried to stop him, Fournier said, but added she was not hurt.

Fournier said state police have warrants for Ramos’ arrest on charges of robbery and offensive touching. Those warrants will be executed shortly, he added.