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  • Two teens arrested in Milford after attempted armed robbery

  • Two teens, 19-year-old Jacob A. Morgan and a 17-year-old male juvenile, were arrested March 24 after an attempted armed robbery of a business on S. Walnut Street in Milford.
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  • Two teens were arrested March 24 after an attempted armed robbery of a business on S. Walnut Street in Milford.
    Milford police responded to the business after receiving a report of a possible armed robbery and contacted two victims, a 35-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, said Milford Police Department spokesman Detective Dwight Young.
    A police investigation revealed that a man, later identified as a 17-year-old male juvenile whose name was not released due to his age, walked up to the front door of the business, armed with a handgun, and attempted to enter, Young said.
    The male victim saw the teen approaching with a handgun, and ran to the door just before the suspect entered. The male victim closed the door and locked it, forcing the teen suspect outside the business, Young said.
    The 17-year-old suspect then pointed the handgun at both victims before fleeing on foot. Neither victim was injured, Young said.
    An officer with Milford’s K-9 unit and his canine partner tracked the suspect from the business to a residence in the 200 block of S.E. Second Street. Detectives from the Milford Police Department Criminal Division obtained a search warrant for the residence and arrested the 17-year-old male suspect, Young said.
    Further police investigation revealed that the 17-year-old suspect was also in the company of 19-year-old Jacob A. Morgan of Milford at the time of the attempted robbery, Young said.
    Morgan later turned himself in to the Milford Police Department and was charged with first-degree attempted robbery, two counts of aggravated menacing, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy.
    Morgan was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of a $96,000 secured bond, young said.
    The 17 year old also had outstanding warrants from Kent County Family Court. He was charged with first-degree attempted robbery, two counts of aggravated menacing, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree conspiracy.
    Police also found the 17-year-old suspect to be linked to multiple robberies in the Milford area, Young said.
    On March 7, detectives discovered that the 17-year-old male suspect and other suspects approached a 20-year-old woman and 18-year-old woman who were walking together in the Walmart parking lot. The suspects threatened the use of a handgun, but didn’t obtain money from either victim, Young said.
    The 17-year-old male suspect was charged with first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree conspiracy, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and aggravated menacing. Minutes later, the same group of suspects attempted to rob an 80-year-old man in the parking lot, but were unsuccessful and the suspects fled on foot, Young said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Again, the 17-year-old male suspect was charged with first-degree attempted robbery (with a victim 62 years or older), second-degree conspiracy, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and aggravated menacing.
    On March 11, the 17-year-old male suspect and a 16-year-old girl called Dominos Pizza with a fake delivery order. When the 23-year-old male delivery driver arrived at a residence in the 500 block of S.E. Front Street, the teens brandished a handgun, took money and the pizza from the driver and fled the area, Young said.
    The 17-year-old teen was charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy. There is an active warrant for the 16-year-old female suspect.
    On March 20, police responded to Walmart where an investigation revealed that the 17-year-old male suspect and other suspects had approached a 49-year-old man in the parking lot and threatened to use a handgun if he didn’t hand over his money. The suspects then obtained money from the 49-year-old man. The suspects then approached a 56-year-old woman in the parking lot who was loading merchandise in her vehicle, punched her in the face and held her down while they removed money and personal items from the vehicle. The 17-year-old suspect and others fled on foot. The female victim suffered minor injuries, but refused medical treatment, Young said.
    The 17-year-old male suspect was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree conspiracy, second-degree burglary and third-degree assault for the March 20 incidents.
    The 17-year-old juvenile was committed to Stevenson House Detention Center on all above charges, including the incidents on March 7, March 11, March 20 and March 24, in default of a cash bond. The bond amount was not available at the time of the Milford Police Department’s release, Young said.

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