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Armed robbery

Newark Police investigate armed robbery


6:12 p.m., Jan. 16, 2014--Newark Police are investigating an armed robbery of a University of Delaware English Language Institute student that occurred around 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the area of 91 Thorn Lane in Newark.

The 18-year-old male student was walking on Thorn Lane when he was a approached by a man who produced a handgun and demanded money. The student gave an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who then walked away northbound on Thorn Lane. 

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Newark Police officers responded to the scene, but the suspect was not located. The victim was not injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a thin build, in his early 20s. He had shoulder-length hair and a light goatee, and he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, light colored baseball hat and dark colored athletic pants. 

Anyone with additional information about this incident should contact Det. Fred Nelson at 302-366-7110 ext. 136 or email Anonymous tips can be texted to 302NPD, with the message to TIP411. Information also can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or, where a reward may be available.

Safety tips

UD Police remind members of the University community to take precautions to safeguard themselves against crime: 

• Show a confident attitude and be alert and aware of your surroundings. 

• Avoid walking alone at night. Walk with a group, ride a UD shuttle bus or call for a walking escort.

• Use well-lighted paths and sidewalks, and take the most direct route. 

• Report all suspicious activity by calling 911. 

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