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Newark Man Charged in Christiana Road Mini Mart Robberies

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NEWARK, Del. - Delaware State Troopers say they have arrested and charged Ronald E. Keller, 32 of Newark, Delaware in connection with the attempted armed robbery of a Newark business that occurred last evening, and an armed robbery that occurred at the same location on January 17, 2014.

According to reports, the first incident occurred on Friday, January 17, 2014 at approximately 7:16 PM as a male suspect, wearing all dark clothing and a hood pulled over his head to disguise his identity, entered the Smoke Land Outlet and Mini Mart located at 1147 Christiana Road, Newark. The suspect reportedly produced a handgun and approached the 21-year-old male store clerk located behind the counter. The suspect allegedly displayed a handgun, demanded money and threatened to kill the clerk. The 21-year=old sales clerk reportedly complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.  Police say the suspect fled the business on foot and got into what was described as a black in color vehicle and fled the parking lot. There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.

The second incident reportedly occurred on Friday, January 24, 2014 at approximately 8:35 PM as the same 21-year-old store clerk was working at the Smoke Land Outlet when he observed on video surveillance a black vehicle in the parking lot with a lone occupant inside, parked on the east side of the business. The 21-year-old clerk reportedly maintained video surveillance and observed the occupant emerge from the vehicle dressed in similar clothing as the suspect from the previous armed robbery. Police say the 21-year-old clerk alerted his 29-year-old male coworker of his suspicions.  The suspect reportedly entered the business with his hands in his jacket pockets and the hood up over his head in an effort to disguise his identity. The 29-year-old male employee reportedly immediately confronted the suspect and a struggle ensued. Police say the suspect attempted to produce a handgun from his jacket and was able to flee on foot to his vehicle in the parking lot. The 29-year-old clerk, reportedly armed with his own handgun, followed the suspect out of the store and fired two shots striking the vehicle as the suspect was reversing from the parking spot. While fleeing the parking lot, the suspect allegedly struck a parked tow truck operated by a 43-year-old male. There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.

After further investigation and interviews, Detectives were reportedly able to identify and connect Ronald E. Keller to both incidents. Troopers say they responded to the registered address of the owner located in the first block of Anderson Road, Newark, Delaware and located the suspect vehicle described as a 2005 Suzuki.

At approximately 6:00 a.m. this morning, Detectives assisted by the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT), say they executed a search warrant at the residence on Anderson Road where Ronald E. Keller was taken into custody without incident. A subsequent search of the house and vehicle by Troopers reportedly revealed a BB gun and clothing which were connected to the robberies.

Keller was reportedly charged with the above crimes related to both incidents, and was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $32,000 Secured Bond.Troopers say they continue to investigate and review the circumstance surrounding this incident.

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