Three charged with robbery and assault in Newark
Newark Police detectives have charged three people with robbing a man last month and then running over a friend of the victim after being confronted.
The incident began just before 9 p.m. Nov. 15 in the unit block of White Clay Drive, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
The victim, 21, was walking down the street when a vehicle pulled up, and three people got out, Rubin said. With one holding a baseball bat, the robbers ordered the victim to turn over property, and the victim complied.
One of the robbers punched the victim in the head before they drove away.
The victim went home, and then he and a friend when looking for the robbers while also calling police, Rubin said. They confronted the robbers in an alley off East Cleveland Avenue.
The friend, 22, jumped onto the robbers’ vehicle but fell off. The robbers drove over the friend’s leg and hit a parked vehicle while fleeing east on Cleveland Avenue.
The original victim suffered a bruise on his head but did not need medical attention. His friend, meanwhile, was taken to the hospital to be treated for an injury to his leg, Rubin said.
Rubin said police used witness statements, surveillance video and other investigative means to identify the suspects as James Shuff, 21, of Wilmington; Sapora Walton, 18, of Bristol, Va., and Richard Flippin, 17, of Wilmington. Detectives searched their vehicle, which was located outside a Wilmington apartment complex, and found unspecified evidence related to the robbery, Rubin said.
On Nov. 30, the three suspects were taken into custody by state police for an unrelated incident. Newark Police charged all three with firstdegree robbery, second-degree conspiracy, second-degree reckless endangering and third-degree assault.
Shuff was released on $13,000 secured bond, Walton was jailed at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in lieu of $13,000 secured bond and Flippin was sent to the New Castle County Detention Center in lieu of $25,00 secured bond.