Police: Arrests Made In Newark Robbery That Lead To Friend Getting Run Over

On Friday, November 30, 2018, Newark Police Detectives arrested three suspects for a robbery occurring on November 15, 2018, according to Lt Andrew Rubin.

Rubin said on Thursday evening, November 15, 2018, at about 8:50, a 21-year-old man was walking in the unit block of White Clay Drive in Newark when a vehicle drove past him and stopped.

Three black males exited the vehicle, one of them displaying a baseball bat, and ordered the man to turn over his property, said Rubin. One of the suspects slapped and punched the victim in the head before the three suspects returned to the vehicle and fled on North College Avenue with the man’s property, according to Rubin.

After returning to his residence, the victim, along with his friend attempted to locate the suspects, while at the same time calling the police. The pair was able to locate the suspects and confront them in an alleyway off of East Cleveland Avenue, said Rubin. The suspects attempted to drive away and the friend, a 22-year-old man, jumped onto the suspect vehicle and fell off. As the suspect vehicle fled, it drove over the friend’s leg and struck a parked vehicle. The suspect vehicle was last seen fleeing eastbound on East Cleveland Avenue.

As a result of this incident, the initial victim sustained a bruise on his head. He did not require medical attention. The friend sustained an injury to his leg and was treated and released from an area hospital.

Following the report of the robbery, Newark Police Detectives used witness statements, surveillance video, and other investigative means to identify the suspect vehicle involved in this incident.

On November 26, 2018, Detectives located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Wilmington. A search warrant for the vehicle was issued and evidence related to the robbery was located in the vehicle.

On November 30, 2018, the three suspects in this incident were taken into custody by Delaware State Police on an unrelated matter. Newark Detectives subsequently obtained warrants for the arrest of all three suspects.

The suspects have been identified as:

James Shuff, 21, of Wilmington
Sapora Walton, 18, of Bristol, Virginia
A 17-year-old, of Wilmington

All three suspects were charged with the following offenses:
Robbery First Degree
Conspiracy Second Degree
Reckless Endangering Second Degree
Assault Third Degree

All three suspects appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle. Shuff was released after posting $13,000 secured bond. Walton was remanded to the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle on $13,000 secured bond. The 17-year-old was remanded to the New Castle County Detention Center in Wilmington on $25,000 secured bond.

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