Arrest made in Georgetown convenience store robbery

GEORGETOWN – Georgetown police made an arrest Saturday, one day after the Oct. 9 robbery of the Mundo Latino Convenience Store.

Esau Perez-Lopez, 21, was taken into custody at about 10 p.m. on Oct. 10 outside his East North Street residence, according to Georgetown Police Department spokesman Lt. Larry Grose.

Mr. Perez-Lopez was charged with robbery first degree, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, burglary second degree, aggravated menacing, reckless endangering, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and endangering the welfare of a child from the Oct. 9 robbery complaint. He was also charged with theft, selling stolen property and falsifying business records from a previous investigation not related to Friday’s complaint, according to Georgetown police.

Mr. Perez-Lopez was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $84,000 secured bond pending a future court date.

On Friday, Oct. 9 at approximately 12:03 p.m., police were summoned to the Mundo Latino Convenience Store on Cedar Street for an armed robbery involving a handgun. Investigation revealed that a subject had forcefully entered a locked exit door, went into the store front, pulled what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the clerk working the checkout area.

During this robbery, there were several children in the store and at one time the subject pointed the handgun at the children when demanding money, according to Georgetown police.

The subject fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money in a gray, four-door Kia with tinted windows with an unknown Delaware registration.

Georgetown police, through prior investigations and information from witnesses of the robbery, identified Mr. Perez-Lopez as the suspect.

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