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.




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