Newark Police last week charged a 17-year-old boy from New Castle in connection with a robbery spree in downtown Newark in May.
The teen, whose name police did not release, is the fourth and final suspect to be arrested, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department. The teen turned himself in after police obtained a warrant for his arrest.
The crimes, which involved a total of 11 victims, happened May 16 between 1:30 a.m. and 3:37 a.m.
The robberies happened on East Park Place, West Park Place and on the Pomeroy Trail near Newark Shopping Center. In each incident, the defendants – one armed with a weapon believed to be a BB gun – confronted the victims and demanded property, Rubin said. Two of the victims complied, while the other did not.
In the fourth incident, the defendants approached a victim on Benny Street, started a conversation and then shot the victim in the hand with a BB gun, Rubin said. The victim was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Charged previously were Jasiah Brooks, 18, of Bear; Brian J. Blake Jr., 18, of Wilmington; and a 17-year-old boy from Wilmington.
All four were charged with more than 25 offenses, including robbery, assault, menacing and reckless endangering.
The teen arrested last week was committed to a youth detention center after failing to post $92,900 secured bail.