Brother and sister held, third sought in Dover armed robberies

Alexis Williams

Antoine McDonald

DOVER — A brother and sister were arrested after two alleged armed robberies within 12 hours on Sunday and at least one other suspect was sought, authorities said.

Dover siblings Alexis Williams, 19, and Antoine McDonald, 18, were taken into custody and held in lieu of bail, police said, while Rahiem Jackson, 18, of Camden, is sought.

Dover Police said alleged incidents occurred in the 400 block of Country Drive at 3:13 a.m., and 300 block of Martin Street at 3:10 p.m.

The first alleged incident unfolded as four black male suspects, one armed with a handgun, approached three persons sitting on steps outside a Country Village Apartments building, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. Money was taken from two victims, police said, and an identification card from another.

One person was struck by a handgun and another by a suspect’s hand, police said, and no serious injuries were reported.

Police were later called to a second reported crime where three suspects, one with a revolver, allegedly robbed two persons of a book bag, cellphone, wallet, headphones and a pocket knife. Cpl. Hoffman said a red SUV with “2000” written on the driver’s side window fled the scene.

Rahiem Jackson

The suspect’s vehicle later struck a light pole and fence during an attempted stop by patrol units near Cedar Chase Apartments in the Dover Mall area, police said. Mr. Jackson, who police said was driving, eluded capture by fleeing on foot, and passenger Ms. Williams was apprehended after a short chase.

Police alleged that stolen headphones from the Martin Street robbery were found on the backseat floorboard of the red SUV. Mr. Jackson and Ms. Williams were linked to the alleged Martin Street robbery as detectives investigated further, Cpl. Hoffman said.

As investigation was ongoing, police said, Mr. McDonald arrived at the scene asking about his sister Ms. Williams. While he reported that “someone called him,” authorities said Mr. McDonald would not divulge the source.

Mr. Williams was found to own the red SUV, police said, and was arrested in connection with both alleged robberies.

Mr. Jackson is wanted for first-degree robbery (four counts), possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (two counts), possession of firearm by person prohibited (two counts), second-degree conspiracy (two counts), resisting arrest and traffic violations.

Mr. McDonald was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy and tampering with physical evidence. Secured bond was set at $92,000 and he was held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

Ms. Williams was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy and resisting arrest. She was taken to Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle in lieu of $93,000 secured bond.

Police asked anyone with information to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at www.tipsubmit.com or through the Dover PD MyPD Mobile App.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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