Two Townsend teens charged in Halloween robbery

TOWNSEND — Two Townsend teenagers were arrested for an alleged armed robbery on Halloween night, Delaware State Police said Friday.

According to authorities the alleged incident occurred at 7:47 p.m. on Wednesday in the 100 block of Edgar Dr., in the Townsend Village development.

Two male juveniles, ages 12 and 17, were trick-or-treating when they were approached by youths, who would later be identified as Tahmir Pernsley, 15, and Marquis Benson, 16, police said.

Tahmir Pernsley

The Pernsley youth allegedly produced a black handgun, pointed it at the 12-year-old and demanded his bag of candy, police said. The child complied by dropping his bag and running away, police said. The Pernsley youth then allegedly turned the gun on the 17-year-old, who did not immediately comply with the demand, at which time a physical assault began, police said. During the alleged assault the victim dropped his bag of candy, which was then picked up by the other youths. After obtaining both bags of candy the suspects fled on foot, police said.

Troopers received suspect descriptions, police said, and two arrests were made without incident during a neighborhood search. A subsequent search resulted in the recovery of both victim’s bags of candy along with a black handgun that proved to be a pellet gun, police said.

Both youths were transported to Troop 9 where they were charged with two counts each of first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy. The Pernsley youth was released to his guardians on $21,500 unsecured bail. The Benson youth was committed to the New Castle County Detention Center on $15,000 unsecured bail.

Police asked anyone who may have witnessed the alleged incident or may have further information to contact Detective C. Hevelow of the Troop 2 Robbery Unit by calling 834-2620 ext. 8521.


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