Troopers investigate strong arm robbery in Harrington

brandon-a-givensHARRINGTON – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the strong arm robbery of a 76-year-old man which occurred at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, according to Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz.

The incident occurred on Saturday, Sept. 17 at approximately 3:10 p.m. as troopers responded the green lot at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington for a strong arm robbery.

Upon arrival, troopers found the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Brandon Givens of Seaford, detained by good Samaritans, according to Sgt. Bratz.

Givens was placed under arrest by responding troopers. The victim, a 76-year-old Denton, MD resident, was contacted in the green lot where the Wilson’s Auction (Mid-Atlantic Equipment Auction) was being held.

The victim was a volunteer for the Burrsville Ruritan Club selling food and beverages from a cart at the auction as a fundraiser for the club. Allegedly, Givens quickly appeared behind the victim and grabbed cash from the victim’s hand and attempted to run away.

The victim held onto the money and both the suspect and victim fell to the ground during the struggle. Givens was able to gain possession of the cash and fled.

The victim, good Samaritans and an off duty trooper chased and captured Givens. At this point, Givens was detained until troopers arrived. The money was returned to the victim. The victim was not injured.

Brandon A. Givens was transported to Troop 3 where he was formally charged with robbery in the first degree. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed the James T. Vaugh Correctional Center in default of a $25,000 secured bond.

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