Cops: Pot buy meet turned into robbery, shooting

June 9th, 2015 4:28 pm

First Posted: 5/1/2014

WILKES-BARRE — City police said they recovered a .22-caliber revolver they believe was used in a shooting during a robbery in South Wilkes-Barre over the weekend.

The gun was found in a bag in a room at the Budget Inn, Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, on Wednesday, according to charges filed against Elijah J. Foster, 19, of West Chestnut Street, Wilkes-Barre, and Justin Curet, 17, of Mayer Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Foster and Curet were arraigned Thursday for their alleged role in the Saturday shooting of Tyrone Johnson in the area of Corlear Street and Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, near Meyers High School.

Johnson suffered a gunshot wound to his head. He was treated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

Luciano Ramos, 18, of Wilkes-Barre, was arrested Sunday on Schoolhouse Lane, Wilkes-Barre, after a foot chase that began outside the Wyoming Valley Mall where he was spotted. City Wide Towing proprietor Bob Kadluboski located Ramos running near Mundy Street before Ramos was captured.

According to the criminal complaints:

Johnson told police he arranged to meet Ramos at Corlear Street and Carey Avenue to buy marijuana. He said Ramos was with two men wearing masks who told him, “This isn’t a game; run your pockets inside out,” the complaints say.

One of the masked men, identified as Foster, brandished a gun, according to the complaints.

Johnson said he asked Ramos, “Why are you doing this? We are supposed to be friends?”

The masked men got away with $20 and a cellphone, police said.

Police said in the complaints Johnson said he was pistol whipped and then shot in the head. Johnson ran away into the middle of Carey Avenue bleeding from his head, police said.

After Ramos’ arrest on Sunday, police learned Foster approached another person in a restaurant on Public Square on Monday asking for a ride out of town. Foster told the person, who is not identified in the complaint, “I can’t talk about it, but I just clapped somebody,” the complaints say.

Foster told the person he needed to get out of the area as the cops are going to be looking for him.

Police allege Ramos provided the gun to Foster that was used during the robbery. Ramos had been staying at the Budget Inn and learned from a motel employee that another man, who wasn’t implicated in the shooting, was packing up to leave on Wednesday.

Police recovered the gun from a bag containing Ramos’ clothes, according to the complaints.

Ramos was charged with robbery and aggravated assault. He remained jailed Thursday at the county prison for lack of $200,000 bail.

Foster and Curet were charged with aggravated assault and robbery. Foster was jailed for lack of $300,000 bail. No bail information was available for Curet.