Police: Clown-masked robbery suspect caught

DOVER — Police have arrested a 59-year-old man in connection with a home store robbery last week involving a clown mask-wearing suspect.
Dover Police said Derrick Jackson was located three days after an alleged Oct. 15 incident at Kirkland’s in which a disguised suspect implied he was armed, demanded and received cash and then fled, according to authorities.

Mr. Jackson was apprehended without incident on Friday when exiting the Kent Budget Inn room where he was staying, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

He was allegedly wearing the same jacket seen in surveillance video during the incident at 1033 N. DuPont Highway, police said.

Derrick Jackson

“We received a few tips from the public that assisted in the positive identification of the suspect,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

No clown mask was located and no weapon was seen during the supposed incident, authorities said.

Charges included first-degree robbery and wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony.

Mr. Jackson was held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in default of $20,000 secured bond.

Employees were locked in a back room for approximately 15 minutes before being freed by arriving police officers.

The time of the offense was listed as 8:59 p.m.
No injuries were reported.

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