Three Middletown teenagers are facing robbery and other criminal charges after allegedly working together to steal a cell phone from a fourth teen.
According to Middletown Police Chief Henry Tobin III, a masked man carrying what appeared to be a handgun approached the 17-year-old female victim and a 14-year-old girl while they were walking across a field near the Millbranch neighborhood about 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday.
The man demanded the girls’ cell phones and then threatened to kill them both if they reported the incident to police, Tobin said.
About four hours later, police were notified of the robbery and began questioning both girls.
Tobin said officers eventually learned that the 14-year-old had arranged the robbery through a 17-year-old boy, who instructed a third teen, 18-year-old Wayne Riddle of Shallcross Place, to carry out the mugging.
Police arrested all three teens and recovered the 17-year-old victim’s Apple iPhone 5C, valued at $549, along with a BB gun pistol Riddle allegedly used during the robbery.
Riddle is charged with robbery, conspiracy, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony.
He is being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna on a $127,000 secured bond, Tobin said.
The 17-year-old male is charged with robbery, conspiracy and receiving stolen property. He is being held at the New Castle County Detention Center in Wilmington on a $64,000 secured bond.
The 14-year-old girl is charged with robbery and conspiracy. She was later released on a $34,000 unsecured bond.
All three teens have been ordered not to have any contact with the 17-year-old victim, Tobin said.