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Posted on: May 30, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Attempted Robbery Arrests

May 30, 2017 – On Sunday, 5/28/2017, Newark Police arrested Sam Votta, Trumye Shackelford, and Ahmar Shackelford for an attempted robbery that occurred on Lovett Avenue at 2:37a.m.  The victim, a 21 year old male University of Delaware student, reported that he was walking on Lovett Avenue when he was cut off by a black older model sports car.  The victim stated that two passengers exited the vehicle and demanded that he empty his pockets.  The victim stated that one of the suspects kept his hand in his pocket, which the victim believed was an attempt to imply that he was armed with a weapon.  A University of Delaware Police Officer turned onto Lovett Avenue during the confrontation and the suspects then fled in their vehicle.  The victim then flagged down the UDPD Officer and reported the attempted robbery.  Another UDPD Officer then conducted a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Camaro on E. Delaware Avenue at Academy Street and all three suspects (driver – Votta, Trumye Shackelford, and Ahmar Shackelford) were arrested.  All three subjects were video arraigned in front of Justice of the Peace Court 11 and later released on unsecured bond (Votta - $700, Trumye Shackelford - $5,500, Ahmar Shackelford - $700).


There is no surveillance video available for release at this time.



Votta, Sam X.

17 years old

Newark, DE  19711


Shackelford, Trumye

18 years old

Wilmington, DE  19806


Shackelford, Ahmar H.

17 years old

Wilmington, DE  19806



Attempted Robbery 2nd Degree

Conspiracy 2nd Degree


Anyone with additional information regarding these incidents should contact Detective Taras Gerasimov at 302-366-7100 extension 3474 or


The Newark Police Department affirms that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


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