Guilty Pleas In Ainsley’s Pharmacy Armed Robbery, Kidnapping

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The man who drove the getaway car from an armed robbery in Wilmington has pleaded guilty.

In September 2018, Ronald Comeger, 34, of Wilmington, waited in his car outside of Ainsley’s Pharmacy in the Miller Road Shopping Center, while Lance Parker, 28, of Wilmington, was inside stealing narcotics at gunpoint and then locking three employees in a secure cage meant to store drugs.

A clerk at the pharmacy put a tracking device in the bag of prescription bottles that Parker stole, and Wilmington and State Police stopped the car a short time later. Police took Parker into custody at the scene, and arrested Comeger a few blocks away when he tried to run.

Comeger pleaded guilty to Kidnapping First Degree, Robbery Second Degree, and Conspiracy Second Degree. A Superior Court judge will sentence Comeger in January.

Parker pleaded guilty in April to Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Robbery Second Degree, and Conspiracy Second Degree, and will be sentenced later this month.

Original Story

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police have arrested two Wilmington men in connection with the armed robbery of a Wilmington pharmacy that took place Tuesday afternoon, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said at approximately 2:21 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Troopers responded to Ainsley’s Pharmacy, located at 3610 Miller Road, Wilmington in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The initial investigation determined that a masked subject brandishing a handgun, who would later be identified as 27-year-old, Lance Parker of Wilmington, entered the business, vaulted the pharmacy counter, and ordered the employees to turn over drugs from the safe, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin. Parker also pulled the phone line from the wall disabling it, added Austin.

After obtaining the drugs that were demanded Parker locked all three victims in the drug safe and exited the building, according to Austin. As he was leaving, Parker also made off with one of the victim’s purse.

None of the victims were injured as a result of the incident.

Parker entered into an awaiting vehicle in the parking lot that was operated by a subject, who would later be identified as 33-year-old Ronald J. Comeger, also of Wilmington, said Austin. Troopers were immediately able to obtain information that the vehicle was a white Ford Focus with Delaware tags. A vehicle matching the description was located in the area of 16th and N. Locust Street at which time it was stopped.

After the vehicle came to a stop, Comeger fled on foot and was apprehended a short time later after a brief foot pursuit. Parker, who was occupying the front passenger seat was taken in to custody without incident. A subsequent search of the vehicle produced the stolen drugs along with a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun with an extended clip, according to Austin.

Parker was charged with following:

Robbery 1st Degree (3 counts)
Conspiracy 2nd Degree
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited
Kidnapping 2nd Degree (3 counts)
Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony
Malicious Interference with Emergency Communications
He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 and then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $165,000.00 secured bail.

Comeger was charged with the following:

Robbery 1st Degree (3 counts)
Conspiracy 2nd Degree
Resisting Arrest
He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 and then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $93,000.00 secured bail.

 


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