NEW CASTLE, DELAWARE (5/22/2015) Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with armed robberies in the New Castle area, Delaware State Police said.
The teens were arrested following the most recent robbery about 11:20 p.m. Sunday at a Wawa convenience store at 531 E. Basin Road (Route 141) near New Castle, which police said was robbed three times by one of the suspects.
One of the two male robbers had a handgun as they confronted an 18-year-old store employee, who turned over cash. The pair then fled.
Police said their investigation identified Deyon Merriwether–Tull, 15, of New Castle, as one of the two robbers, and they took him into custody at a home in the 500 block of E. Basin Road.
Detectives later linked him to three other armed robberies in the area.
Police said Markivis Jenkins, 16, of New Castle, participated in two of the armed robberies. He was arrested Monday at his home.
Merriwether-Tull was charged with six counts of first-degree robbery, four counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, conspiracy, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony.
He was arraigned at the New Castle County Family Court and committed to the New Castle County Juvenile Detention Center for lack of $96,000 secured bail.
Jenkins was charged with four counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and conspiracy.
He was arraigned at the Family Court and committed to the detention center for lack of $24,000 secured bail.
Police said Merriwether-Tull was linked to these four robberies and Jenkins was linked to the first two:
- Dunkin’ Donuts, 196 N. DuPont Highway, Wednesday, April 15, at 9:28 p.m.
- Wawa, 531 E. Basin Road, Monday, April 20, at 1:07 a.m.
- Wawa, 531 E. Basin Road, Sunday, April 26, at 2:34 a.m.
- Wawa, 531 E. Basin Road, Sunday, May 17, at 11:17 p.m.
Police said they are still investigating and more arrests are expected.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Steven Rizzo at 302-365-8440.