Georgetown police apprehend attempted robbery, carjacking suspect

GEORGETOWN – Town of Georgetown police on Monday took into custody Michael Lopez, the suspect sought by authorities in attempted robbery and carjacking incidents on Aug. 29.

Michael Lopez

Lopez, 36, was apprehended in the parking lot of the Georgetown McDonald’s restaurant, Georgetown Police Department spokesman Det. Joey Melvin said.

Police charged with Robbery First Degree, two counts of Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, two counts of Aggravated Menacing, two counts of Unlawful Imprisonment First Degree, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Carjacking.

Lopez was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $318,000 cash bond, Det. Melvin said.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29, Georgetown police responded to the area of County Bank for an attempted robbery complaint. Investigation revealed the suspect introduced himself to the victim by way of social media and both agreed to participate in the reality based location game, PokemonGO.

The suspect met the victim east of Georgetown at which time the suspect entered the victim’s vehicle as a passenger. During their ride, the suspect produced a box-cutter and threatened the victim. The suspect then forced the victim to attempt withdrawing funds from a bank ATM. After making several attempts to attain funds from the ATM, the suspect fled on foot, Det. Melvin said.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29, Georgetown police responded to a carjacking complaint. Officers learned that a woman and two juveniles were sitting in a vehicle was parked on North Race Street. The suspect entered the driver’s door of the victim’s vehicle and began to drive the vehicle on Race Street. The suspect drove approximately four to five blocks before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

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