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Troopers Make Arrest in North Wilmington Armed Robbery

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Darnell Scarborough

Wilmington – Delaware State Police detectives have arrested a Wilmington man for his involvement in the armed robbery of a North Wilmington 7-11, which occurred in May.

The original incident occurred at approximately 11:14 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017, at the 7-11, located at 4865 Governor Printz Blvd., Wilmington, when two subjects, one of which was armed with a silver handgun, confronted two male employees at the sales counter and demanded money. The victims, aged 28 and 29 respectively, complied with the request and turned over an undisclosed amount of money from two separate cash registers. In addition to the money, the subjects also made off with one victim’s cell-phone, as well as multiple packs of cigars and other miscellaneous merchandise. The subjects were last seen running northbound through the parking lot.

The subject who brandished the handgun was described as a black male, 20-25 years of age, 5’6”-5’10” tall, weighing 165-180 lbs., wearing all dark clothing with a black mask covering the lower portion of his face.

The second subject was described as a black male 20-25 years of age, 5’6”-5’10” tall, weighing 175-190 lbs., wearing a light colored sweatshirt and dark pants.

Responding Troopers were immediately able to develop a blue Honda Accord with New Jersey tags as a possible suspect vehicle, and while canvassing the area, located it at the intersection of 40th and Pine Streets, in the City of Wilmington.

As Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle it fled, and a short pursuit ensued. The vehicle eventually stopped in the area of 25th and Jefferson Streets, at which time two subjects fled on foot and successfully evaded apprehension.

A subsequent search of the Honda produced multiple items, determined to be of evidentiary value, however detectives at this time, could not positively identify the suspects responsible for the robbery.

As the investigation continued, detectives received information that a subject identified as Darnell M. Scarborough, 25, of Wilmington, who had been arrested by the Wilmington Police Department on charges unrelated to the robbery, was able to be positively linked to the evidence recovered from the Honda. Detectives were able to confirm this information and positively identified Scarborough as the subject who was wearing the light colored sweatshirt during the robbery.

On Monday, November 20, 2017 Scarborough was taken into custody and transported to Troop 2 where he was arrested and formally charged with two counts of Robbery 1st Degree and one count of Conspiracy 2nd Degree. Scarborough was arraigned at Justice of the Peace court #2 and then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $102,000.00 secured bond.

If anyone has information regarding this incident they are asked to contact Detective C. Hevelow, of the Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302-365-8566. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at


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Released: 112917 1433


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