Police arrest robbery suspect
Man also accused of threatening to shoot kids
A man from Bear is in custody after allegedly threatening to shoot three children while robbing a bank in Newark last week, police said.
The incident happened at approximately 3:45 p.m. Oct. 4 at a Citizens Bank branch located inside the Acme grocery store in Suburban Plaza, according to Lt. Fred Nelson, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
Implying he was armed with a handgun, Clarence L. Conner Jr., 47, approached two tellers and presented a note demanding money, Nelson said. He told the tellers that if they didn’t give him money, he would shoot the children, ages 4, 8 and 11, who happened to be nearby in the store.
The tellers complied, and Conner left with an undisclosed amount of money, Nelson said. No one was injured.
Police quickly identified Conner as the suspect using sur veillance footage and witness descriptions of his vehicle. On Oct. 5, officers arrested him without incident at his home in the Christiana Reserve apartment complex off Smalleys Dam Road in Bear.
Conner was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of terroristic threatening and one count of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony. He was committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution after failing to post $108,000 cash bail.