Teen burnt with cigarette during attempted robbery

November 19, 2013

Delaware State Police say two men tried to rob a 16-year-old boy Nov. 18, and burnt him with a lit cigarette.

The teen was walking home at 8 p.m. after leaving the Wawa on Route 1 near Route 24, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

As the teen crossed through the Peoples Memorial Park Cemetery, two men approached him from behind and demanded money, Fournier said.

The teen told the men he didn't have any money, but one man held a small pocket knife to him while the other man went through the boy's pockets.

The teen got away briefly, but the men caught up with him and punched him in the face; one of the men extinguished a lit cigarette on the teen's face before the men fled in an unknown direction.

The teen went to Midway Dollar Tree where he called 911. He was taken to Beebe Healthcare where he was treated for his injuries and released.

The men are described as black and in their early 20s. One was wearing an orange sweatshirt and had a pocket knife. The other had a beard and was wearing a green sweat shirt and gold necklace.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call police at 856-5850, 1-800-TIP-3333, text 274637 using keyword DSP, go to or download an app at

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