Robbery ring busted in Delaware

February 6, 2008 1:42:51 PM PST
Delaware State Police have arrested four men they say are the most dangerous group of robbers that they have come across in some time. The alleged robbery spree included four on Monday night. Police have charged the men in a total of seven armed robberies in three police jurisdictions.

The suspects wore masks and gloves, assaulted clerks and shot a customer during one of the incidents. The shooting happened Monday night when a customer walked in during a robbery. He was shot in the shoulder after a struggle with one of the men.

Police say 17-year-old Marion Woodard and his brother, 21-year-old Arion Baynard, along with 18-year-old Kyle Wellington and 25-year-old Keith Cannon of Wilmington were apprehended Tuesday night as they were about to enter Collins Park Liquors in the 200 block of New Castle Avenue at 10:30 p.m. They were all wearing masks when they exited a Honda Accord, which police were following.

The break in the case came Monday night when an alert witness described a vehicle seen speeding away after the robbery of a 7-Eleven on Maryland Avenue.

A Newport Police officer spotted the vehicle Tuesday night and called Delaware State Police who then tailed the vehicle. Police blocked the vehicle and the four were caught as they attempted to get back into the car to get away.

The men are all charged in connection with the following incidents:

    January 23 - Joey's Liquors on Basin Road in New Castle and assaulting the clerk.

    January 24 - Peddlers Liquors in College Square, Newark.

    February 1 - Valentina Liquors, 400 block of Old Baltimore Pike, Newark and assaulting three employees.

    February 4 - Clifton Liquors, 300 block of Edgemoor Road, Wilmington.

    Moores Lane Citgo, 400 block of Moores Lane, Newcastle.

    Naamans Beverage Mart, 100 block of Naamans Road, Claymont and shooting a customer.

    7-Eleven, 200 block of Maryland Ave.

All the men are charged with multiple felonies inclucing: First Degree Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, First and Second Degree Assault, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony, Attempted Robbery and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

Baynard, Wellington and Cannon were committed to Howard Young Correctional Facility on bail ranging from $371,000 to $534,000, cash only. Woodard was commited to the New Castle County Detention Center on $155,000 secured bail.