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Delaware State Police Arrest Two for Knife Robbery

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Courtesy: DSP James Ritchie (Left), Justin Poole (right) Courtesy: DSP James Ritchie (Left), Justin Poole (right)

SEAFORD, Del.- The Delaware State Police have arrested two men in connection with a robbery in east Seaford.

Authorities say the incident occurred on Saturday, Dec 3 at approximately 6:10 p.m. Troopers were called to the 9,000 block of Middleford Road, in Seaford near the VFW for a report of a robbery with a knife.

The victim was contacted by the first suspect, James “TJ” Ritchie, who was in town and wanted to meet with him. The victim obtained a ride to the Food Lion in Laurel to meet Ritchie. The victim entered the Ritchie's vehicle to get a ride to a friend’s house in Seaford; however during the ride Ritchie demanded money from the victim.

When the victim refused Justin S. Poole, a passenger in the vehicle, pulled a knife. The victim and suspect started struggling and Ritchie made threatening statements toward the victim, and eventually robbing him. The victim, however, was not severely injured.

Police say that during the robbery the suspects were able to get money and prescription medication from the victim.

After the incident the victim was able to get out of the car and run across the road to call 9-1-1. However, as he was reporting the robbery, both suspects fled in the vehicle.

Troopers say they were able to locate and stop the suspect vehicle a short time later. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Police say both twenty-seven-year old James “TJ” Ritchie of Laurel, and thirty-year old Justin S. Poole of Maryland, were transported to Troop 4, in Georgetown where detectives formally charged them with robbery in the first degree, possession of a deadly weapon and second-degree conspiracy.  Both were committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $75,000.00 secured bond.

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