Man, 29, Arrested For Armed Robbery of Newark Gas Station

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Police say they have arrested a Newark man for the armed robbery of the Exxon gas station on South College Avenue that occurred on Thursday January 17, 2019.

NEWARK (DE): On January 17, 2019, Newark Police responded to the Exxon on S. College Avenue for a report of a robbery. The male clerk advised that a white male suspect entered the business and displayed a large knife to the employee while demanding money.

According to police spokesman, Lt Andrew Rubin, the clerk gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of United States currency and the suspect fled on foot onto Plymouth Drive.

The clerk was not injured during this incident.

The suspect was described as a white male, 5’9″, thin build and wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and was armed with a large kitchen knife.

A Newark Police canine unit responded to the scene and was not able to locate the suspect.

Through investigative means, including reviewing surveillance video and speaking with witnesses, a suspect vehicle was identified and John J. Nichols, 29, of New Castle was then identified as the suspect in the robbery.  A warrant for his arrest was subsequently issued., Rubin said.

Detectives executed a search warrant at Nichols’ residence and took him into custody without incident on January 25, 2019.

Nichols appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle where he was charged with Robbery First Degree, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.  Nichols was issued a conditions of release bond guaranteed by financial terms secured by $27,000 cash only.  Nichols’ custody was turned over to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.


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