Middletown woman charged with robbery, threatening at La Costena - Town of Middletown, Delaware

Middletown woman charged with robbery, threatening at La Costena

Date: September 20, 2017

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2017, at about 5:45 p.m., officers responded to La Costena Market located at 14 E. Main St. for a report of a Robbery. Upon arrival, officers observed the defendant, Dalma Melero, 54, of Middletown, in front of the store being held by the store employee. Officers took Melero into custody without incident. After speaking with the store employee it was determined Melero entered the store and demanded money that was owed to her by an employee who was not present. Melero refused to leave and began to cause damage inside the store. Melero then pushed a baby in a crib to the ground at which time a physical altercation ensued between Melero and the store employee. During the altercation, Malero attempted to grab a pair of scissors and threatened to kill the store employee. The store employee was able to exit the store with the baby at which time Melero removed money from the cash register and attempted to exit the store. As Melero exited the store, the store employee held onto her until police arrived on scene. Melero was charged with robbery, reckless endangering second degree, terroristic threatening, offensive touching, criminal mischief, and was arraigned and released on $11,700 unsecured bail along with a no contact order with the victims.