Troopers: Pizza Driver Robbery Plot Falls Like Dominoes, Three Quickly Arrested


Wilmington – Delaware State Police have arrested an adult and two juveniles for staging the armed robbery of a Dominos delivery driver in North Wilmington, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident began on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at approximately 10:53 p.m. when Jonathan Snyder, 19, of Wilmington placed an order with a local Dominos for food to be delivered to a North Wilmington residence. Prior to the delivery being made Snyder re-contacted the Dominos and changed the delivery location to Silverside Rd. in the area of Harrison Ave, according to Austin.

As the 56-year-old delivery driver arrived at the Silverside and Harrison Rd. location he made contact with Snyder and started the sales transaction. At this time two subjects wearing Halloween masks and brandishing black handguns, approached from nearby bushes, according to Austin. The two armed subjects, who would later be identified as 17-year-old males from Wilmington, then demanded the pizza and other food items from the delivery driver and money from Snyder, said Austin. After receiving the property both suspects fled on foot. Snyder and the victim then left the area separately, in different directions.

The delivery driver victim was uninjured as a result of the incident.

The investigation would ultimately determine that Snyder and the two juveniles conspired to stage the robbery with Snyder posing as a legitimate customer and victim, according to Austin.

With the assistance of the New Castle County Police Department the three suspects were located in the same vehicle which was stopped on Silverside Rd. for an unrelated traffic offense, a short time after the robbery. Based on various investigative leads the occupants of the vehicle were identified as the three suspects responsible for the robbery, according to officials. A subsequent search of the vehicle produced Halloween masks and two black BB guns which resembled the black handguns described by the victim. said Austin. Detectives also recovered the food items which were taken during the robbery, after conducting a search at a Silverside Rd. residence associated with the suspects, added Austin.

The three suspects were transported to Delaware State Police Troop 2 where they were each arrested and charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony and Conspiracy Second Degree.

Jonathan Snyder was arraigned and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $62,000 cash bail.

The two juveniles were arraigned and committed to the New Castle County Detention Center in lieu of $67,000 cash bail.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at

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