The incident happened Halloween night in the Townsend Village development. The gun was a pellet gun, Delaware State Police said.

Delaware State Police have charged two Townsend teens for the armed robbery of two trick-or-treaters Halloween night.

The incident happened Wednesday at about 7:47 p.m., in the 100 block of Edgar Drive in Townsend Village.

Two boys, ages 12 and 17, were trick-or-treating when they were approached by the two suspects, who would later be identified as Tahmir Pernsley, 15, and Marquis Benson, 16, both of Townsend.

Police said Pernsley pointed a black handgun at the 12-year-old victim and demanded his bag of candy. The victim dropped his bag and ran away.

Pernsley then turned the gun on the 17-year-old victim, who did not immediately comply with the demand, and so Pernsley and Benson physically assaulted him, police said. During the assault, the victim dropped his bag of candy, which was then picked up by Pernsley and Benson.

After obtaining both bags of candy, the suspects fled.

Responding troopers obtained descriptions of the suspects and were able to find them during a search of the neighborhood. They were taken in to custody without incident.

Troopers searched the suspects and found both victims' bags of candy along with a black pellet gun.

Pernsley and Benson were taken to Troop 9 where they were each charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy.

Pernsley was released to his guardians on $21,500 unsecured bail while awaiting a court appearance.

Benson was committed to the New Castle County Detention Center on $15,000 unsecured bail while awaiting a court appearance.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or may have more information to contact Detective Hevelow of the Troop 2 Robbery Unit at (302) 834-2620, ext. 8521.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on the internet at