Arrest in Gas Station Robbery, Dragging Death

Sunday, Jun 26, 2011  |  Updated 6:45 PM EDT
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Arrest in Gas Station Robbery, Dragging Death

Suspect in gas station robbery

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Authorities in New Jersey say they've arrested the man who allegedly robbed a gas station and fled in a vehicle, killing the gas station owner who attempted to chase after him.

The robbery occurred Saturday afternoon, when a man later identified as 34-year-old Ronnie Fedo entered the Getty station at 650 Route 15 South in Jefferson Township.

Fedo walked into the convenience store while the gas station owner, 65-year-old Nisan Ambaroglu, remained outside by the gas pumps, according to police. Fedo reached over the counter, grabbed several lottery tickets and pocketed them.

When Ambaroglu walked back into the store, the two got into an argument over an unrelated purchase, police said. Fedo left the store and got into his vehicle, a tan Toyota Highlander. Ambaroglu followed him out of the store and approached Fedo at his window. 

That's when Fedo took off, dragging Ambaroglu off the side of his vehicle, about 100 yards on to Route 15 South. Witnesses told police the vehicle kept going after striking Ambaroglu.

Ambaroglu was found in the roadway. He was taken to St. Clare's Hospital, Dover Campus, where he was pronounced dead.

After releasing surveillance photos to the media, police say they received a call at about 10 p.m. from a local business employee who had recognized the suspect.

Police located Fedo in Lake Hopatcong late Saturday evening and arrested him.

Fedo has been charged with first-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree death by auto, and second-degree leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a death.

Bail has been set at $750,000. Fedo was taken to an area hospital to be treated for an unrelated leg infection. He was to be remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility after treatment. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

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