Three teens charged in at­tempted rob­bery on Lovett Av­enue

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER - By KARIE SIM­MONS ksim­mons@ches­pub.com

Three teens were ar­rested Sun­day af­ter they al­legedly tried to rob a Univer­sity of Delaware stu­dent, but ran away when they saw a UD po­lice of­fi­cer drive by.

The de­fen­dants are iden­ti­fied as Sam Votta, 17, of Ne­wark, and Trumye Shack­elford, 18, and Ah­mar Shack­elford, 17, both of Wilm­ing­ton.

Ac­cord­ing to Lt. Fred Nel­son, a spokesman for the Ne­wark Po­lice De­part­ment, the in­ci­dent oc­curred at ap­prox­i­mately 2:37 a.m. as the vic­tim, 21, was walk­ing on Lovett Av­enue.

Nel­son said two pas­sen­gers jumped out of a black older-model sports car and de- manded that the vic­tim empty his pock­ets. Dur­ing the con­fronta­tion, Nel­son said, one of the sus­pects kept his hand in his pocket, which the vic­tim be­lieved was an at­tempt to im­ply he was armed with a weapon.

A UD po­lice of­fi­cer then turned onto Lovett Av­enue and the sus­pects fled in their ve­hi­cle. Nel­son said the vic­tim flagged down the UD of­fi­cer and re­ported the at­tempted rob­bery.

An­other UD of­fi­cer then con­ducted a traf­fic stop on a black Chevro­let Ca­maro on East Delaware Av­enue at the in­ter­sec­tion of Academy Street and all three sus­pects were taken into cus­tody.

Nel­son ex­plained that both Ne­wark Po­lice and UD Po­lice worked to­gether to make the ar­rests.

“Es­sen­tially, UDPD as­sisted NPD in our in­ves­ti­ga­tion of this in­ci­dent by stop­ping the sus­pect ve­hi­cle for us. NPD con­ducted the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this in­ci­dent and ul­ti­mately ob­tained ar­rest war­rants for the three sus­pects,” he said. “Our de­part­ments will of­ten work to­gether in lo­cat­ing sus­pects in crimes that have just oc­curred by broad­cast­ing sus­pect de­scrip­tions on both de­part­ment’s po­lice ra­dio chan­nels.”

Nel­son said all three men were video ar­raigned in front of JP Court 11, charged with sec­ond-de­gree at­tempted rob­bery and sec­ond-de­gree con­spir­acy and later re­leased. Votta and Ah­mar Shack­elford were both is­sued $700 un­se­cured bond, while Trumye Shack­elford was is­sued $5,500 un­se­cured bond.

Any­one with ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing th­ese in­ci­dents should con­tact De­tec­tive Taras Gerasi­mov at 302-3667100 ext. 3474 or Taras.Gerasi­mov@ cj.state.de.us

A. SHACK­ELFORD

T. SHACK­ELFORD

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