WILKES-BARRE —Police on Sunday afternoon took into custody a suspect wanted in a shooting and robbery in South Wilkes-Barre on Saturday night.
A Wilkes-Barre police officer held Luciano Ramos, 18, at gunpoint with three other men on Schoolhouse Lane until backup officers arrived around 3:45 p.m.
Ramos allegedly robbed and shot a 19-year-old man near the intersection of Carey Avenue and Corlear Street at approximately 10:45 p.m. Saturday.
The victim was hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Police said it was an isolated incident and the victim and Ramos knew each other.
Ramos was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and robbery and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $200,000 bail.
He and the other men were handcuffed behind their backs and made to sit on a curb while their identities were verified through records’ checks.
At first Ramos was uncooperative and provided Wilkes-Barre officer Robert Collins with a false name.
“Don’t trust me?” Collins asked
“No,” said Ramos.
The three other men with Ramos were released and walked away.
Ramos had been spotted earlier in the afternoon at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township, and Wilkes-Barre tow truck operator Bob Kadluboski said he heard it on a police scanner while he was out getting dog food.
He assisted with locating Ramos after driving in the area of the mall.
“I had the suspects for at least 10 minutes,” Kadluboski said of having them in his sight and contacting Luzerne County 911.
He said he saw them milling around in a wooded area along Spring Street.
“I kept my distance,” Kadluboski said.
The four men crossed Spring Street onto Schoolhouse Lane when Collins pulled up and held them at gunpoint until officers from the city and Wilkes-Barre Township arrived.
“Once again, I’m glad to help Wilkes-Barre police,” Kadluboski said.