Newark police arrest 2 in robbery of elderly man

NEWARK, DELAWARE (5/6/2016) Two men have been arrested in the robbery of a 74-year-old man on March 26, Newark police said Thursday.

The victim had left the Sunoco gas station at 287 S. Main St. after making a purchase about 9:30 p.m. and was walking home. He was near West Park Place and Elkton Road when two robbers grabbed his arm from behind and fled with his wallet. The victim was not injured.

Sgt. Gerald J. Bryda said investigators used video from the business and Newark street cameras to identify two suspects.

On Monday, police obtained warrants for Stephon Rivera, 20, of Blue Ridge Circle in Bear, and Isaac Chattin, 18, of Warren Drive in Middletown.

On Tuesday, Newark and Middletown police searched Chattin’s home, took him into custody and found additional evidence, Bryda said.

Rivera was arrested Wednesday after a traffic stop.

Both were charged with first-degree robbery, crime against a vulnerable adult and second-degree conspiracy.

They were being held at Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington. Secured bond was set at $25,000 for Chattin and cash bond of $50,000 was set for Rivera.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Michael Watson at 302-366-7110, ext. 3132 or

Tips also may be submitted anonymously through Delaware Crime Stoppers, which offers rewards, at 800-847-3333 or