12:08 p.m., March 2, 2009----Newark Police are investigating the strong arm robbery of a University of Delaware student that occurred around 1 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 on East Cleveland Avenue in Newark.
The student was on the sidewalk when he was approached by a man who asked to use his cell phone. The student told the suspect he could use it after he placed a call. While the student was attempting his call, the suspect grabbed the Blackberry Pearl phone, punched the student in the face and ran off. The student was not hurt.
The suspect is described as a white male 18 to 21 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds, with a thin build and a short, military-style haircut. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a round red graphic in the middle of the chest. The suspect was believed to be in the company of another white male, 18 to 21 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build, small shaved head and big ears.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Greg D'Elia at (302) 366-7110, ext. 132, or by e-mail at [Greg.Delia@cj.state.de.us]. Information also can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, where a reward may be available.
Members of the University community are reminded to take safety precautions and always be aware of their surroundings. Additional safety tips can be found at [www.udel.edu/PublicSafety/safetytips.htm].