Wilmington- Delaware State Police have active warrants for two suspects identified as Robert Baker, 30, of Claymont, DE and Andrew Masscotte, 27, of Claymont, who were involved in multiple robberies and a pursuit before fleeing into Pennsylvania.
The first incident occurred at approximately 5:56 p.m., on March 7, 2022, Delaware State Police responded to King of Gold, located at 2201 Silverside Rd., for a reported armed robbery. The unknown suspect entered the business and demanded money while displaying a handgun before fleeing the business. No one was injured during the robbery and an undisclosed amount of money was obtained.
The second incident occurred on March 9, 2022, at approximately 4:27 a.m., Delaware State Police responded to Sunoco, located at 3615 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, for a robbery. During the incident two male suspects entered the business and demanded money and merchandise while implying they had a weapon. The suspects then fled the business in an unknown direction of travel. No one was injured during the robbery and an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise was obtained.
The third incident occurred on March 9, 2022, at approximately 2:05 p.m., Delaware State Police responded to Acme, located at 2098 Naamans Rd., Wilmington, for two male suspects who entered the store and attempted to shoplift. When the suspects were confronted, one of the suspects struck the victim while the other implied he had a weapon before entering a white SUV fleeing the area. As the SUV fled, the suspect drove onto the sidewalk and attempted to strike five employees.
Through surveillance and investigative means troopers located the suspect vehicle, a white Ford Escape involved in all three incidents above on Dale Court, Wilmington. Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Ford at which time the vehicle fled. A pursuit ensued but was ultimately discontinued for public safety. The suspect vehicle was located a second time in Pennsylvania where another pursuit occurred with local police, until the suspects crashed in the Upper Chichester area. The operator, Robert Baker and passenger Andrew Masscotte were then taken into custody.
Baker currently has active warrants for:
- Robbery 1st Degree (Felony)- 2 counts
- Reckless Endangering 1st Degree (Felony)- 5 counts
- Conspiracy 2nd Degree (Felony)- 2 counts
- Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
Masscotte currently has active warrants for:
- Robbery 1st Degree (Felony)- 3 counts
- Conspiracy 2nd Degree (Felony)- 3 counts
- Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony (Felony) – 2 counts
- Criminal Mischief
Both suspects are awaiting extradition from Pennsylvania to be formally charged.
Any questions regarding the pursuit and vehicle crash should be directed at to the Upper Chichester police department.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell
Released: 031122 1113