Suspect on the Run Following Strong Arm Robbery in Mental Health Center

25 South Old Baltimore Pike, NewarkImage via Delaware State Police

NEWARK, DE — Delaware State Police announced they are investigating a strong-arm robbery within a mental health center that occurred in the Newark area Monday morning.

Authorities stated that on March 27, 2023, at approximately 7:21 a.m., troopers responded to A Center For Mental Wellness, located at 25 South Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, regarding a robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, troopers contacted a 63-year-old female victim who had just arrived at work through the front entrance. A suspect followed the victim into the business and demanded money from her. The suspect grabbed the victim’s purse and a physical altercation ensued. Ultimately, the suspect forced the victim to the ground and fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a black male, 5’6”-5’7” tall, approximately 130-140 lbs., wearing dark clothing. There are no surveillance images available at this time.

The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Robbery Unit is currently investigating the incident. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective R. Kirchenbauer by calling 302-365-8428. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.

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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