Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Wilmington – The Delaware State Police have arrested John Singleton, 54, of Wilmington, in connection with a series of robberies in which he threatened victims with pepper spray.
Between December 6, 2018 and January 8, 2019 the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Robbery Unit investigated seven robberies that took place at gas stations and convenience stores, primarily in the North Wilmington area. In each incident the suspect threatened the employee/victim with pepper spray, before making off with money and cigarettes. The Troopers conducting the initial investigations determined that the suspect in each incident had a similar physical description and was wearing similar clothing.
Through a variety of investigative measures and leads detectives were able to identify a green Kia Sportage as a suspect vehicle, which was then positively linked to Singleton. Further investigation led them to a residence in the 2800 block of Jefferson St. in the City of Wilmington, where on Wednesday January 9, Singleton was located and taken in to custody without incident. At the time of his apprehension Singleton was found to be in possession of a can of pepper spray.
Singleton was transported to Troop 2 where he was formally charged with 7 counts of Robbery 1st Degree in regards to the below listed robberies. He was then arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 before being committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $140,000.00 secured bail.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin