No good deed goes unpunished
Good Samaritan robbed inside Newark home
Police have arrested a 20-year-old homeless man who allegedly robbed a person who tried to help him.
Alex G. Evans, 20, was charged with first-degree robbery, home invasion, selling stolen property and malicious interference with emergency communications. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was being held pending arraignment.
The robbery happened at 3:30 p.m. Monday at a home in the 300 block of Paper Mill Road, according to Lt. Fred Nelson, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
The victim, 69, told police the suspect knocked on his door and asked for food and something to drink. The victim gave a beverage to the man, who left without incident.
However, five or 10 minutes later, the man returned and pushed past the victim, causing him to fall. The robber then walked through the house, stealing cash, jewelry and other items before leaving through a back door. He hid the victim’s phone so that he couldn’t call 911 right away.
The victim sustained a minor injury to his leg but declined medical treatment.
Nelson said several officers recognized the robber’s description as resembling Evans, who recently had contact with police in the area where the robbery happened.
Detectives researching pawnshop transactions found that Evans had sold a piece of jewelr y stolen from the victim and worth more than $1,500, Nelson said. Surveillance footage from the pawnshop showed Evans wearing clothing that matched the victim’s description of the robber.
At 7 a.m. Wednesday, New Castle County Police arrested Evans after receiving a report of a suspicious person in the unit block of Donaldson Drive in the Newark Oaks neighborhood, east of the city.