No good deed goes un­pun­ished

Good Sa­mar­i­tan robbed in­side Newark home

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

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.

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