Man charged with robbing KFC at gunpoint
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.