Man charged with rob­bing KFC at gun­point

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER -

Po­lice cap­tured a Wilm­ing­ton man on Sunday night as he sprinted away from a Ne­wark restau­rant he had just robbed at gun­point, au­thor­i­ties said.

The rob­bery hap­pened at ap­prox­i­mately 9:30 p.m. at the KFC lo­cated at 1365 Mar­rows Road, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Ger­ald Br yda, a spokesman for the Ne­wark Po­lice De­part­ment.

Ti­wain Canty, 24, en­tered the restau­rant wear­ing a ski mask and pointed a hand­gun at a fe­male em­ployee who was count­ing money near the sales counter, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Canty then grabbed $1,230 in cash be­fore run­ning out of the store.

Of­fi­cer Keats Gard­ner, of the Univer­sity of Delaware Po­lice De­part­ment, was in the area, heard the rob­bery call dis­patched and spot­ted Canty run­ning away from the KFC. Gard­ner chased Canty and caught him a short dis­tance away, near the in­ter­sec­tion of Mar­rows Road and Wy­oming Road.

Of­fi­cers searched Canty and found the cash in his posses­sion. He ad­mit­ted rob­bing the store but de­nied hav­ing a hand­gun. How­ever, of­fi­cers found a loaded .22-cal­iber pis­tol in the area where Canty was ar­rested, court records in­di­cate.

The KFC em­ployee told po­lice Canty was not the rob­ber and de­nied know­ing him, but de­tec­tives later de­ter­mined she and Canty are friends on Face­book, records show.

Canty was charged with first­de­gree rob­bery, posses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony, posses­sion of a firearm by a per­son pro­hib­ited, ag­gra­vated men­ac­ing, re­sist­ing ar­rest, hin­der­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and wear­ing a dis­guise dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony. He was re­leased af­ter post­ing $3,100 se­cured bond.


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