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*Update- Suspect Arrested* Delaware State Police Investigating Robbery of Gas Station- Wilmington

Date Posted: Friday, January 21st, 2022

Wilmington – Delaware State Police have arrested Malik Barnett, 31, of Wilmington, in connection with an armed robbery that took place at a gas station in late November.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:55 a.m., Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at the Exxon gas station, located at 2007 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, when troopers responded to an armed robbery. Investigation determined a male suspect entered the store and confronted a male employee behind the sales counter. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register. The employee complied and the suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect fled on foot westbound Route 2. The employee was not injured as a result of the incident.

Through investigative means troopers identified the suspect at Malik Barnett. On January 20, 2022, troopers located Barnett at his residence and took him into custody without incident.

Barnett was transported back to Troop 2 where he was charge with the following crimes:

  • Robbery 1st Degree (Felony)
  • Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)

Barnett was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #2 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on an $28,000 cash bail.

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