Strong Arm Robbery Suspect Arrested After He Calls Sheriff's Office
LABELLE, FL. -- A Hendry County Sheriff's Office Dispatcher received a call from a clerk at the Handy Store located at 1040 Cowboy Way Wednesday morning, July 2, at 3:10 a.m. The clerk said a strange acting man had been in the store two times to purchase gas, but both times said he forgot his wallet.
The clerk thought he might return and requested a Deputy to respond to the store. While Deputy Terri Hessler was enroute, the man returned for the third time. Prior to the arrival of Deputy Hessler, the man attempted a Strong Arm Robbery.
While one of the two clerks was taking trash outside, the man entered the store, grabbed the clerk around her throat, choking her. The man was dragging her from behind the counter when the second clerk returned from dumping trash. He released her and ran from the store to the gas pumps where a car was parked.
Approximately one hour later, Dispatcher Margie Phipps received a call from a man claiming to be the man that attempted to rob the Handy Store. She was able to obtain his location and kept him on the phone until Deputies arrived and took him into custody.
According to Sheriff Ronnie Lee, Roberto Ramirez, age 22 of 2023 South Montana Circle LaBelle, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault, Battery, and Robbery. He was only able to grab a $20 bill from the store clerk but dropped it on the floor as he ran from the store