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Four Teens Charged After Alleged Camden Wal-Mart Assault

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19-year-old Derrick Johnson, of New Castle 19-year-old Derrick Johnson, of New Castle

CAMDEN, Del. - Four teenagers were arrested in connection to a robbery and assault near a local Wal-Mart store.

Delaware State Police say around 3:15 PM on Thursday, they were contacted by the Camden Police Department, who said a 16-year-old boy had been beaten and robbed in the Wal-Mart parking lot. According the victim, he was inside the Wal-Mart, eating lunch at McDonald's when he was approached by a 17-year-old male of Dover, that he knew from school, who said he wanted to talk to the victim outside.

The two reportedly started to walk towards the Briar Park Development, along with two other males, a 16-year-old of Dover, and a 15-year-old of Camden, also from school. Police say once the four reached the fence line with bushes, the three suspects started punching the victim and demanding his money. At one point, two of the teens reportedly pulled out handguns.

Eventually the victim handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, before the three apparently fled to a nearby vehicle and left the area. The victim then made his way back to the parking lot of Wal-Mart, where he talked to a Camden Police Officer, who then gave a description of the vehicle and suspects, to be broadcast to other officers.

The 16-year-old victim was taken to Kent General Hospital by ambulance, where he received treatment for non-life threatening injuries, and released.

The suspect vehicle, a 2011 Ford Escape, was located on Peachtree Run, and stopped by a Delaware State Police Trooper. DSP say during the stop, the three teen passengers fled, but they were able to arrest the driver, 19-year-old Derrick Johnson, of New Castle. The 15-year-old Camden male was apprehended a short time later by responding officers, but the two others weren't located.

Johnson and the 15-year-old Camden male were charged with 1st degree robbery, 1st degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, 2nd degree conspiracy, and terroristic threatening. Johnson was additionally charged with numerous traffic offenses, and is being held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $31,500 bond. The 15-year-old Camden male was additionally charged with resisting arrest, and was released to the custody of a parent.

The two other teens turned themselves in on Friday and Saturday, and were charged with similar offenses. The 17-year-old Dover male is being held at Stevenson House on $75,000 bond, while the 16-year-old Dover male was released to the custody of a parent.

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