New Castle – Delaware State Police have arrested a New Castle teen and charged him in connection with a strong arm robbery that occurred in a shopping center parking lot yesterday evening,
Hale said the investigation began on Monday, May 1, 2017 at approximately 6:04 p.m., after troopers were called to respond to the parking lot of the Rambleton Center, located at 135 Christiana Road for the report of a robbery.
Upon their arrival, responding troopers learned that a 32-year-old female victim had responded to the shopping center lot in order to conduct the sale of a cellular phone that she had arranged online. As the victim parked her car, she was approached by a male subject, later identified as a 16-year-old New Castle boy, who entered the passenger side of the car, according to Hale. While discussing the sale, The boy attempted to grab the phone from the victim, said Hale. A brief struggle then ensued, at which time he implied to the victim that he was armed, added Hale. The 16-year-old was then able to obtain the phone and exit the vehicle. He was last seen fleeing on foot toward the Rambleton Acres development. The victim was not inured.
After reviewing video surveillance footage from area businesses and other investigative means, troopers were able to locate the boy’s address located nearby and took him into custody without incident. Troopers were also able to recover the stolen phone.
He was transported to Troop 2 where he was arrested and charged with Robbery 1st degree. He was arraigned at JP Court 11 and released on $5000.00 unsecured bail.