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Four Teens Arrested in Camden Robbery, Assault

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CAMDEN, Del.-  Delaware State Police have arrested four teens accused of beating and robbing a 16-year-old boy in Camden.

The incident reportedly occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday. According to police, the victim stated he was inside the Wal-Mart having lunch at McDonald's when he was approached by a 17-year-old Dover male he knew from school who stated he wanted to talk to him outside. Troopers said the victim agreed and the two began walking in a toward the Briar Park development, along with a 16-year-old Dover male and a 15-year-old Camden male, who were also acquaintances from school. 

Police said that once they reached an area where there were bushes and a fence line, the three males began punching the victim and demanding his money. According to investigators, the 16- and 17-year-old suspects brandished handguns while continuing to request money.  The victim eventually complied with the demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash before the three fled to a nearby vehicle and departed the area, police said. 

The victim was able make his way back to the parking lot of Wal-Mart where he made contact with a Camden police officer and inform him of the incident and a description of the vehicle and suspects. Information regarding the vehicle, described as a 2011 Ford Escape, was broadcast over the radio and within minutes the suspect vehicle was spotted on Peachtree Run.

Police said a trooper located the Escape and performed a traffic stop when the three males involved in the robbery fled from the vehicle. The trooper was able to take the driver of the Escape, 19-year-old Derrick C. Johnson, of New Castle, into custody without further incident and the 15-year-old suspect was taken into custody a few blocks away by responding units. Police said that at that time, the 17- and 16-year-old suspects were able to run off but were later captured.
The victim was transported by ambulance to Kent General Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries to his head and released.

All four suspects were charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy and terroristic threatening. The 15-, 16- and 17-year-old suspects were also charged with resisting arrest and Johnson was additionally charged with numerous traffic offenses.

Johnson was ordered held in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $31,500 secured bond.

The 15-year-old suspect was released to the custody of a parent on a $32,000 unsecured bond. The 17-year-old suspect was ordered held in the Stevenson House on a $75,000 secured bond and the 16-year-old suspect was released to the custody of a parent on a $62,000 unsecured bond.


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