NEWARK, DE — The Delaware State Police announced the arrest of 18-year-old Traesun Johnson of Newark, Delaware for robbery and related charges following a carjacking that occurred outside of a Newark area gym last Sunday.
The criminal complaint alleges that at approximately 2:50 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2023, when a 31-year-old female victim parked her Dodge Durango in the parking lot of the Edge Fitness located at 2800 Fashion Center, Boulevard, Newark. As the victim exited her vehicle with her car keys in hand, an unknown suspect approached her and attempted to grab the keys. There was a physical struggle over the keys, but ultimately the suspect was able to gain control of them after shoving the victim to the ground. After the first suspect entered the driver seat of the Durango, a second suspect then entered the front passenger seat and they fled the area in the stolen vehicle. The victim sustained minor injuries to the upper and lower extremities but refused medical attention at the scene.
After conducting an investigation, Traesun Johnson emerged as one of the key suspects. During a separate inquiry into a criminal incident in which Traesun was allegedly involved on May 11, 2023, New Castle County Police uncovered additional evidence that linked him to the robbery. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was taken into custody without resistance.
Traesun was transported to the New Castle County Police Department where he was charged with the following crimes:
- Robbery First Degree (Felony)
- Conspiracy Second Degree
Traesun was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $37,000 cash bond.
The second suspect in the robbery has not been identified at this time.
The victim’s vehicle has been located and recovered.
The Troop 2 Robbery Unit is investigating this incident. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Armstrong by calling 302-365-8410.
Information is subject to change at any time as additional details may emerge. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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