Woodlawn Avenue

The robbery happened near the intersection of Capitol Trail and Woodlawn Avenue, as seen in this file photo.

Police are searching for four men who attempted to rob another man while he was walking near the Stafford and Lumbrook neighborhoods early Saturday morning.

The incident happened around 1:15 a.m. near the intersection of Capitol Trail and Woodlawn Avenue, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The victim told police he was walking north on Capitol Trail when he heard the footsteps of people running up from behind him. Four men confronted him and ordered him to hand over personal property.

“One suspect had his hand near his waist, making the victim believe that the suspect was armed,” Rubin said. “No weapon was observed.”

However, the victim refused to comply with the demands and ran away.

The assailants were described only as men in their mid 20s. Three were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts, and one was wearing a skull cap. One had Jamaican accent.

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery is asked to contact Det. Paul Keld at 302-366-7100, ext. 3106, or pkeld@newark.de.us.

The incident is the second robbery or attempted robbery in that area this month.

In the overnight hours of Nov. 1, a dozen teens robbed two people in the Alder Creek community off Cleveland Avenue, just a few blocks away where Saturday’s incident happened.

In that case, the two victims told police they had just left an apartment and were getting into their vehicle when the teens approached and demanded their personal property. At least two of the teens were armed with handguns.

The victims complied and the teens fled in at least two vehicles, including a blue sedan. No arrests have been announced.

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