17-year-old charged with robbery, kidnapping
|Date:||November 24, 2012|
On Nov. 23, Middletown Police officers were advised of a late report of a robbery that had occurred in the 300 block of N. Broad Street. The victims, four juveniles, had responded to MPD headquarters to report the incident.
Officers learned that the juveniles were approached in a parking lot by an acquaintance of theirs asking for a cigarette. Upon learning the victims did not possess cigarettes, the suspect implied he was in possession of a weapon, and forced the victims into their vehicle, and ordered the operator to drive.
Once out of the parking lot, the suspect demanded the victims give him their money. None of the victims had money other than 75 cents from the center console.
After obtaining the change, the suspect exited the vehicle and fled in an unknown direction from Lockwood Street.
The victims identified the suspect through a photo-array, and warrants were obtained for his arrest.
At about 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, the defendant, a 17-year-old juvenile from Middletown, was apprehended without incident at his residence. He was charged with robbery in the first degree, four counts of kidnapping in the second degree, assault in the third degree and two counts of offensive touching.
The juvenile was issued a $9,500 secured bond, was given a no-contact order with the four victims, received an order required to be accompanied by a parent when outside of his residence, and was transported to the New Castle County Juvenile Detention Center.