Police: New Jersey Pair Rob Man Of His “Weed” At Knifepoint

Millsboro – The Delaware State Police have arrested a pair of New Jersey men and charged them with robbery after they beat up a Millsboro man and stole his marijuana, according to Delaware State Police Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.

Miguel R Velasquez
Miguel R Velasquez

Fournier said that the incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday December 28, 2016 when the homeowner of a residence located in the 30000 block of Gull Point Road called 911 to report that a tenant was tied up in the garage. Arriving troopers learned that the 23-year-old male victim had been assaulted by two males that initially stopped by the house and asked to rake leaves, according to Fournier.

The two suspects, who had rakes in their hands, were informed that their service was not needed. The victim and the two subjects began talking when one of the subjects struck him in the face with a rake, causing him to fall to the ground, said Fournier. The two suspects then drug the victim to the garage where they zip tied his hands and feet together before one of the males put a knife to his neck demanding to know where his “weed” was located, according to Fournier. Once the two obtained the marijuana, the suspects fled the area in a black Mitsubishi Galant with New Jersey registration, according to Fournier.

Kent A Mautes
Kent A Mautes

Information regarding the vehicle was broadcast over the radio and a trooper responding to the area spotted the vehicle and was able to perform a traffic stop on Oak Orchard Road. Miguel R. Velasquez, 20, and Kent A. Mautes, 21, both of Edison, New Jersey, were taken into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle yielded 301.2 grams of marijuana, Fournier said. They were transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where they were charged with Robbery 1st, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Assault 2nd, Burglary 2nd, Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Aggravated Menacing, Conspiracy 2nd, Terroristic Threatening, and Possession of Marijuana. The were both arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $70,000.00 secured bond.

Fournier said the victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

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