On Sunday, June 16th the Hamilton Police department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey announced Tuesday that a pair of suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies over recent months that likely included more than 6 local township 7-11 stores.
Gabriel Lopez, 31, Hamilton, and Omar Feliciano, 42, Trenton, were arrested at approximately 9:40 pm Sunday after the pair allegedly committed an armed robbery of the Pantry One Food Store at 2013 Hamilton Avenue.
The arrests were made during a surveillance detail of the area implemented by the Hamilton Anti-Crime Unit following the recent robberies of 7-11 convenience stores in the area.
Lopez, of Hamilton, was wearing a hoodie with the hood up when he pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money from the register. Once he got it, he ran from the store toward a minivan parked on a dark street with Omar Feliciano-Estremera, 42, at the wheel.
Feliciano was arrested in a nearby vehicle by Officer Dave Broniszewski and Bill Murphy. Officers James Rickey, Tim Wilkes and Sergeant Mike Kane gave a chase on foot briefly before arresting Lopez. According to a report issued by the Hamilton Township Police Department a handgun was also recovered.
These arrests were made following a collobarative effort in the on-going armed robbery investigation which included Hamilton, Trenton, Lawrence and Ewing Police Departments; The New Jersey State Police; The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies in Pennslyvania.
Earlier this month, investigators obtained a court order permitting them to track the location Feliciano-Estremera’s phone. On Sunday, they saw it was moving between convenience stores. A separate detail of officers was also conducting surveillance on the men that day.
Anyone with information regarding these robberies is asked to contact Detective Jason Aspromonti at (609) 581-4030 or JAspromonti@hamiltonpd.org or by leaving a message on the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.