Newark – The Delaware State Police Robbery Unit detectives have arrested a Newark woman and charged her in connection with an armed robbery, according to Public Information Spokesman Sergeant Richard D. Bratz.
Bratz – The preliminary investigation began on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at approximately 9:13 a.m., as a suspect with her face covered entered the Village Cigarette Outlet located at 150 Salem Church Road, Newark.
The suspect allegedly approached the sales counter and demanded money from the cash register while displaying a knife in her waistband, according to Bratz. The employee clerk ran out the back door and the female suspect then fled from the business. The employee was not injured.
Troopers, with the assistance of the Newark Police Department K-9 Unit, canvassed the area for the suspect. During the K-9 search a suspect matching the description was seen sitting on the front step of a residence in the Glen Eagle Village Apartment Complex, said Bratz.
The suspect immediately got up and started to walk away to avoid suspicion however was contacted a short time later and identified as Maya B. Howard, 19 of Newark. The suspect was allegedly in possession of evidence linking her to the robbery, according to Bratz. She was taken into custody without incident.
Maya B. Howard was transported to Troop 2 where she was charged with Attempted Robbery 1st Degree, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon. Maya B. Howard was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in default of $42,000.00 secured bail.
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