A Maryland man is facing several criminal charges after he allegedly robbed a pharmacy near Newark at gunpoint and later used public transportation to make his getaway, according to the Delaware State Police.
Investigators identified the suspect as Charles Ndikum, 22, of Elkton.
Ndikum entered the Rite Aid in Omega Shopping Center on Ogletown-Stanton Road at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday and walked up to the sales counter, where he allegedly pointed a black handgun at a 28-year-old employee and demanded "all the cash," police reported.
The worker surrendered an undisclosed sum of cash to Ndikum, who then fled from the store, police said, adding that the employee was not injured during the armed robbery.
During the preliminary investigation, DSP troopers learned that the suspect was traveling on a DART bus on Ogletown-Stanton Road in the area of Salem Church Road, according to police. Troopers made a traffic stop and took Ndikum into custody without incident, police reported.
After arresting Ndikum, troopers recovered a black handgun-style BB gun and "the stolen cash" from him, police said.
DSP investigators charged Ndikum with first-degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, possession or control of a firearm if previously convicted of a felony and wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony – all of which are felony offenses, police reported.
Ndikum was incarcerated at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $146,000 cash bond, after his arraignment in Justice of the Peace Court 2, according to police.