Police: Teen charged in Christiana Mall carjacking attempt

April 8, 2022 GMT

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy from Bear has been charged in a carjacking attempt at Christiana Mall in Newark last month, Delaware State Police announced Friday.

The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. on March 23 in the Target parking lot, police said in a news release. A 14-year-old boy was returning to his brother’s vehicle in the lot another teen approached and demanded that he give him everything, police said. The 14-year-old tried to flee, but fell to the ground. The older teen took the car keys and told the younger teen to get in the vehicle, police said. He refused and fled to the food court.

The vehicle was later found running in the parking lot with the doors open. The 14-year-old wasn’t injured, police said.

After identifying the 16-year-old as a suspect, troopers obtained an arrest warrant. He surrendered to police Thursday and was charged with attempted second-degree robbery, police said. He’s being held on $5,000 secured bond.