Newark Police arrest four in connection with related robberies
11:14 a.m., March 12, 2013--Newark Police have arrested four teens from Maryland for their involvement in two separate but related robberies that occurred Feb. 15 and 18 in Newark.
In the first incident, around 11:30 p.m., Feb. 15, a 19-year-old man from Newark was walking on South Chapel Street at Scholar Drive when he was approached by three men who engaged him in conversation. He was struck from behind and knocked to the ground, and the suspects removed his wallet before fleeing. The victim did not report the incident to police until he read local news reports of an incident on Feb. 18.
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The victim's credit card was used later that night and the next morning at several locations in Elkton, Havre de Grace and Baltimore. Using video surveillance from multiple locations, detectives identified Brandon Gatewood, 19, of Elkton for his involvement in the robbery. They continue to investigate the identity of the other two suspects in this incident.
After further investigation, detectives determined that Gatewood was involved in a Feb. 18 robbery that occurred around 1:35 a.m. In that incident, a 24-year-old man was walking on East Delaware Avenue when he was approached from behind by three suspects, one of whom, later identified as Gatewood, placed what appeared to be a gun in his face. The victim was then knocked to the ground and kicked and punched repeatedly in the head by two additional suspects from Elkton -- Lawrence Ray, 18, and a minor. The suspects fled with the victim's wallet and cell phone to a waiting vehicle, which was determined to be operated by Yannick Gray, 21, of Perryville, Md.
Gatewood surrendered himself to Cecil County Sheriff's deputies on March 3 and is currently incarcerated at the Cecil County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Delaware, where he faces two counts of second degree robbery and two counts of second degree conspiracy.
Ray was arrested at Elkton High School by Elkton Police on March 8. He is currently incarcerated at the Cecil County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Delaware, where he faces one count of second degree robbery and one count of second degree conspiracy.
The minor was arrested at North Caroline High School in Caroline County by the Caroline County Sheriff's office on March 8. He is currently in custody of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services awaiting extradition to Delaware. He faces pending charges of second degree robbery and second degree conspiracy.
Gray turned herself in to Newark Police on March 8. She was arrested on charges of second degree robbery and second degree conspiracy and released on $2,500 secured bail.
Anyone with additional information should contact Detective Greg Micolucci at 302-366-7110, ext. 132 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous tips can be texted to 302NPD, with the message to TIP411. Information also can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or www.tipsubmit.com, where a reward may be available.
UD Police remind members of the University community to take precautions to safeguard themselves against crime:
• Show a confident attitude and be alert and aware of your surroundings.
• Avoid walking alone at night. Walk with a group, ride a University bus or call Public Safety for a walking escort.
• Use well-lighted paths and sidewalks, and take the most direct route.
• Report all suspicious activity by calling 911.
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