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updated: 4/12/2013 5:06 PM

Aurora man charged with two gas station holdups

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  • Roberto B. Ramos

    Roberto B. Ramos


A 28-year-old Aurora man, who was out on bond on a weapons charge, is now charged with armed robberies last month of two Aurora gas stations and another weapons offense.

If convicted in all cases, Roberto B. Ramos, of the 0-99 block of Rural Street, faces between 21 and 93 years in prison.

Ramos faces charges of two counts each of armed robbery, armed violence, and possession of a firearm by a gang member. He also faces a single count of aggravated discharge of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Police also are seeking two accomplices.

Aurora police said Ramos and another man went to a BP Amoco on the 1500 block of Butterfield Road, on the city's northeast side. The man showed a gun and demanded money while Ramos stood nearby. The 58-year-old clerk handed over cash, and Ramos and the other man fled on foot, but not before the man fired a gun inside the store but didn't hit anyone, police said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, about 6-foot-1, 180 to 190 pounds with a small vertical patch of facial hair on his chin, or "soul patch."

In the March 22 robbery, of an Amoco station across the street, Ramos and another man entered the station at about 12:30 a.m. and confronted the 38-year-old clerk, police said. The man showed the clerk a gun and demanded money, again with Ramos standing nearby. They ran away after getting cash; no shots were fired, police said.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, unknown age, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6, and weighting about 140 to 150 pounds.

People with information may call Aurora police at (630) 256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000.

Ramos was arrested on April 3 and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon because possessed a gun, according to court records.

Records show Ramos was out on bond for a July 2012 felony arrest for possession of a firearm by a gang member and armed violence, a crime that carries up to 30 years in prison.

A judge this week set Ramos' bail at $1.3 million, meaning he must post 10 percent of that in cash to be free while his cases are pending. He appeared briefly in court Friday and is next due in court on May 8.

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