Not smart; Exxon employee fights robber

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Delaware State Police are currently investigating the robbery of a Stanton area gas station that occurred yesterday morning.

WILMINGTON: Police say on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at approximately 6:15 a.m., a male suspect entered the Exxon gas station located at 414 Main Street. The suspect then approached the sales counter acting as though he was going to purchase merchandise. He then announced a robbery to the male sales clerk and demanded money from the cash register.

According to police spokesman, Jeffrey R. Hale, the suspect implied that he was armed, however, he did not display a weapon. The clerk refused to comply with the suspect’s demands. It was at this time that the suspect walked behind the sales counter and struck the clerk in the face. The clerk and the suspect then became involved in a struggle, however, the suspect was able to remove cash from the register before fleeing the business. He was last seen running behind the gas station and fleeing the area in a dark-colored unknown make and model mini-van. The clerk suffered a minor injury and refused medical treatment.

The suspect was described as a black male. He was 6’02” tall and was last seen wearing a red shirt, a dark grey sweatshirt, and a black hat.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the Robbery unit at Troop 2 at 302-365-8566. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”


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