Troopers: Trick-Or-Treaters Robbed At Gunpoint In Townsend, Suspects Charged

Townsend – The Delaware State Police have arrested two Townsend teenagers for their role in an armed robbery that occurred Halloween night, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 7:47 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in the 100 block of Edgar Drive, in the development of Townsend Village. Two male juveniles, ages 12 and 17, were trick-or-treating when they were approached by two suspects.

Troopers say one of the suspects, a juvenile,  produced a black handgun, pointed it at the 12-year-old victim and demanded his bag of candy. The victim complied by dropping his bag and running away. The suspect then turned the gun on the 17-year-old victim, who did not immediately comply with the demand, at which time he and the other suspect, also a juvenile, began to physically assault him. During the assault, the victim dropped his bag of candy, which was then picked up by the suspects. After obtaining both bags of candy the suspects fled on foot.

Responding Troopers obtained descriptions of the suspects and were able to locate them during a search of the neighborhood, at which time they were taken into custody without incident. A subsequent search of the suspects resulted in the recovery of both victim’s bags of candy along with a black handgun that proved to be a pellet gun.

Both suspects were transported to Troop 9 where they were charged with 2 counts each of Robbery 1st Degree and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. The suspect with the gun was released to his guardians on $21,500.00 unsecured bail. The other suspect was committed to the New Castle County Detention Center on $15,000.00 unsecured bail.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or may have further information are asked to contact Detective C. Hevelow of the Troop 2 Robbery Unit by calling 302-834-2620 ext. 8521.

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