A Newark man was charged with robbing a gas station near New Castle, police said.

The incident happened at 11:20 a.m. Monday at a Shell station at 299 Christiana Road, according to Cpl. Jason Hatchell, a spokesman for Delaware State Police.

Authorities allege Maurice Cole, 32, grabbed lottery tickets from the sales counter and attempted to leave the store. An employee confronted him, and the two men were struggling with each other when troopers arrived.

“Troopers gave verbal commands to Cole, which he did not follow,” Hatchell said. “After several announcements were made without compliance, a trooper deployed his taser which was unsuccessful. After a brief struggle, Cole was successfully taken into custody.”

Cole was in possession of 85 Oxycodone pills without a prescription, Hatchell said.

Cole was charged with first-degree robbery, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance, offensive touching, malicious interference with emergency communications and resisting arrest. He was jailed after failing to post $36,200 secured bail.

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