Troopers with the Delaware State Police have arrested four teens in connection with a Thursday robbery and assault.
The incident occurred around 3:15 p.m. Feb. 13, in a wooded area north of Camden Wal-Mart and south of Hickory Lane, Camden, said division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
The victim, a 16-year-old male, had left the Wal-Mart when he was approached by a schoolmate, identified as Kyshawn C. White Jr., 17, of Dover, Fournier said. White told the victim he wanted to talk, so they started walking toward the Briar Park development along with two other teens, identified as Keyan Williams, 16, of Dover, and Cameron Wilson, 15, of Camden, who also were acquaintances from school.
The victim said once the four of them reached a wooded area, the other three began punching him and demanding his money. At one point, Williams and White brandished handguns while continuing to demand money, Fournier said. The victim turned over an undisclosed amount of cash before White, Williams and Wilson fled to a nearby vehicle and drove off.
The victim contacted a Camden Police officer at the Wal-Mart parking lot, and a description of the vehicle was transmitted to local law enforcement agencies, Fournier said. A Delaware State Police trooper spotted the vehicle, a 2001 Ford Escape, on Peachtree Run and pulled it over, but Wilson, White and Williams jumped out and fled.
The driver, identified as Derrick C. Johnson, 19, of New Castle, was taken into custody without incident, and Wilson was caught a few blocks away. White and Wilson escaped, but turned themselves in on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15, respectively, after warrants were issued for their arrest.
All four were charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy, and terroristic threatening. Johnson also was charged with numerous traffic offenses, while Wilson, White and Williams were charged with resisting arrest.
Page 2 of 2 - Johnson was jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $31,500 secured bond, while White was committed to the Stevenson House, Milford, on a $75,000 secured bond. Wilson and Williams were released to their parent on $32,000 and 62,000 unsecured bonds, respectively.
The victim, who had been punched repeatedly in the face and hit in the face with the butt of a gun, was taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover, for treatment and later released.