On April 8, 2018, a robbery was reported at the KFC located at 1365 Marrows Rd in Newark, DE. Tiwain Canty was charged on that date for the offense.
Subsequent investigation by Newark Police Detectives revealed that the robbery was staged by the manager of the restaurant, who set-up the robbery with Canty. The manager has been identified as Briana Aiken-Lowry of Newark.
Aiken-Lowry arranged with Canty, her boyfriend, that he would enter the restaurant to commit the robbery at the same time she was counting the money.
Additional employees were present and unaware of the plan and fled in fear from the restaurant. No one was injured as a result of the incident.
On May 11, 2018, Aiken-Lowry was arrested at her residence without incident by Newark Police Detectives. Aiken-Lowry appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 and was ordered held on $3,100 secured bail. Aiken-Lowry is being held at Newark PD at the time of this release pending posting of her bail.
The original press release follows.
Defendant (photo attached):
Briana R. Aiken-Lowry
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (2 counts)
Aggravated Menacing (2 counts)
Providing a False Statement to Law Enforcement
Theft Under $1500
Falsely Reporting an Incident
The Newark Police Department affirms that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
April 10, 2018 – On Sunday April 8, 2018 at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Newark Police responded to the KFC located at 1365 Marrow Road for a report of an armed robbery of the business. As the robbery was being broadcast over police radio, a University of Delaware police officer who was in the area, heard the call and observed a subject sprinting on foot away from the area of the KFC. The University officer drove and caught up to the subject and then engaged in a foot pursuit, apprehending the subject near Marrows Road and Wyoming Road. The subject taken into custody was identified as Tiwain Canty a 24-year-old male from Wilmington.
Newark officers responding to the KFC learned from an employee that a male suspect entered wearing a ski mask and gloves, displayed a small handgun and demanded money. An undisclosed amount of money was then stolen, after which the suspect fled from the store on foot. Officers conducting a search of the area where the foot pursuit and apprehension took place, were able to locate items linking Canty to the robbery.
Tiwain Canty was charged with:
Robbery 1st Degree
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony
Hindering Investigation of a Felony
Canty was arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court #2 and issued $3,100 secured bond.
Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Gerasimov at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-366-7100 ext. 3474.
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