Troopers: Pair Looking To Buy A Car Have Gun Pulled On Them

The Delaware State Police are investigating the report of an attempted armed robbery that occurred in the Christiana Mall parking lot last evening, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said on March 9, 2019, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Troopers responded to the Christiana Mall parking just outside of the AT&T store for a report of a robbery. It was learned that two victims, a male and a female, had agreed to meet a subject in the mall parking lot to purchase a 2011 Kia Optima. Two suspects arrived in the Kia and met with the victims in the parking lot. The two victims entered the front seats of the Kia when both of the suspects sat directly behind them. One of the suspects proceeded to pull out a handgun demanding money, according to Jaffe. A struggle between the male victim and suspect ensued, while the female victim was able to flee from the vehicle. A short time later, the male victim was also able to flee and the suspects fled the scene in the Kia Optima. The suspects did not obtain any money from the victims. Both victims were uninjured as a result of this incident.

The suspects were described as black males in a Maroon Kia Optima sedan.

No surveillance images are available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Troop 6 Cpl/3 Flowers at 302-633-5000. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at