Po­lice ar­rest rob­bery sus­pect

Man also ac­cused of threat­en­ing to shoot kids

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.


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