Two 18-year-olds arrested for armed robbery

CaptureLAUREL, Del. Delaware State Police have arrested 18-year-old Michael Flamer and 18-year-old Tajon West, both of Chester, Pennsylvania for committing an armed robbery early this morning.

On March 11, 2023 at about 12:50 AM, troopers responded to the Lakeside Motel regarding a robbery that had just occurred. Troopers contacted a 34-year-old man who said he works for a ridesharing company and had just given two men a ride to Laurel from Philadelphia. When they arrived to their destination, the two men pushed the driver and took his cell phone. Both suspects threatened to shoot the driver if he did not get out the car, while one suspect began pulling out what looked like a gun out from his jacket pocket. The suspects got out of the car and tried to open the driver’s door, but the victim was able to leave and drive to the Lakeside Motel, where he call 9-1-1.

Later at approximately 4:23 A.M., a trooper contacted two men at the Relax Inn, located at 30702 Sussex Highway in Laurel. Both men were looking for a ride to Philadelphia and both matched the suspect descriptions provided by the victim. The two suspects were taken into custody.

Flamer and West were taken to Troop 5 and both were charged with the following crimes:

  • Robbery First Degree (Felony)
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
  • Aggravated Menacing (Felony)
  • Conspiracy Second Degree (Felony)
  • Terroristic Threatening

Flamer and West were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 3 and both were committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $47,500 cash bond.

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