Man indicted in March robbery at Dover bank

Steven Smalls Jr.

DOVER — An accused bank robber was indicted by Kent County grand jury last week after being arrested two months ago in Dover.

Steven Smalls Jr. is charged with first-degree robbery and wearing the disguise during the commission of a felony regarding an alleged incident at PNC Bank at 3 Loockerman Plaza in Dover on March 2. He was 40 years old at the time of apprehension by Dover Police.

Authorities claimed a suspect entered the bank wearing a hat and sunglasses and allegedly implied to employees that he had a firearm while presenting a note demanding money.

An undisclosed amount of cash was surrendered, police said, and the suspect fled on foot.

Three hours later, according to authorities, Mr. Smalls was seen by detectives in front of Courtney Square Shopping Center on S. New Street. Police alleged he was wearing the same clothing as the suspect in the robbery and was found with a large amount of cash approximating what was taken from the bank. A hat and sunglasses were found in shrubbery, police alleged.

After apprehension, Mr. Smalls was initially committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in lieu of $10,000 secured bond.

Indictments in Kent County Superior Court included, among others:

Gregory Scott

• Dover resident Gregory Scott was charged with first-degree assault for allegedly shooting a 42-year-old man in the chest on Feb. 7.

Also included in the indictment were two counts of first-degree reckless endangering. Mr. Scott was 18 years old at the time of the alleged incident.

Mr. Scott was arrested without incident on Feb. 24 as he walked in the S. New Street area in Dover, police said. After presentment to Justice of the Peace Court, he was sent to JTVCC in default of $172,000 cash bond.

Pictured are firearms seized during a vehicle stop in Greenwood on Feb. 3 that brought the arrest of Robert T. Reed. (Delaware State Police)

Robert T. Reed

• A Greenwood man is facing firearm and traffic violations counts regarding a vehicle crash on Feb. 3.

Robert T. Reed, 48 years old at the time, was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital after a wreck on Deep Grass Lane south of Hunting Quarter Road in Greenwood and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Delaware State Police alleged that a .22 caliber rifle reported stolen in 2015 was located in the overturned Lexus Mr. Reed was driving, along with a 9mm assault rifle and a CO2 powered handgun.

Charges included three counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition by person prohibited, receiving a stolen firearm, driving while suspended or revoked, failure to have insurance identification in possession, operation of an unregistered motor vehicle, improper lane change, unreasonable speed and careless driving.
Mr. Reed was initially committed to Sussex Correction Institution on an $8,500 cash bond.

Deandre T. Winder

• Ellendale resident Deandre T. Winder was indicted  on six counts after alleged robberies on Feb. 11.

Charges included two counts of first-degree robbery each of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and aggravated menacing involving a revolver, according to the indictment. Mr. Winder was 18 years old at the time of the alleged incidents.

• Erick J. Wyatte is facing charges regarding an original domestic complaint in Dover on March 9 that police claimed ended with his vehicle striking a 71-year-old woman as she was parked in a Cadillac.

The indictment and Dover Police alleged that Mr. Wyatte initially violated a no contact order with his ex-girlfriend’s resident at White Oak Condos, then fled in a green Ford Explorer as officers arrived.

Erick T. Wyatte

According to authorities, Mr. Wyatte’s lost control of his vehicle as it turned into the Towne Point neighborhood after exiting U.S. 13, causing the wreck. His car was flipped over when it came to rest, police said.

The injured woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said, and Mr. Wyatte was treated for minor injuries.

The 11-count indictment includes non-compliance of bond, fleeing and eluding, first-degree assault, first-degree vehicular assault, driving while suspended or revoked, failure to heed stop sign, unreasonable speed, no seatbelt, operating a motor vehicle on private property without owner’s consent, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and failure to report a collision.

Mr. Wyatte was committed to JTVCC in default of $22,000 cash bond.

Amir D. Collins

• Amir D. Collins, of Lincoln, was charged with first-degree robbery for an alleged incident at an apartment complex in Milford on Oct. 20, 2016, along with aggravated menacing and second-degree conspiracy.

Milford Police filed an arrest warrant for Mr. Collins, 19 years old at the time, after investigating an alleged armed robbery at the Valley Run Apartment Complex.

Mr. Collins was arrested by Milton Police on March 8 and transferred to Milford Police. He was held at SCI on a $52,000 cash bond pending an appearance at the Kent County Superior Court of Common Pleas.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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