One arrested, three others sought in connection of robbery

Delaware State Police detectives have arrested a Claymont teenager and are searching for three others after the robbery of a Wilmington liquor store in which a male clerk was shot and a second victim was assaulted on Thursday.

Preliminary investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 at approximately 9:15 p.m. as four male suspects entered the Cutrona Liquors located at 4623 N. Market Street, Wilmington. As the suspects entered the store, one of them struck a 58 year old male store clerk in the head with an unknown type of object. The male victim then fled from the store and called 9-1-1. One suspect armed with a handgun confronted a 66 year old store clerk and demanded cash. The clerk refused to comply with the suspect’s demands at which time the suspect fired two rounds from a handgun, striking him in the upper body. All four suspects fled the liquor store without receiving any money but removed a bottle of liquor from a display rack while fleeing.

After a search of the area, an Officer from the Wilmington Police Department observed a male subject matching the description of one of the four suspects walking on Colony Boulevard. The subject, later identified as Obediah York-James, 16, of Claymont, was then taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 1, Penny Hill.

The 66 year old victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries which appear to be non life threatening. The 58 year old male victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Through further investigation and interviews, detectives were able to link Obediah York-James to the robbery. He was then charged by detectives with Robbery 1st degree, Assault 1st degree, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, and Conspiracy 2nd degree. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to the New Castle County Detention Center for lack of $160,000 cash bail.   

Detectives are still searching for three other black male suspects all believed to be in their mid to late teens. No further physical or clothing description is available at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Det. D. May at 302-365-8439 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."