Four men were arrested Thursday after they allegedly held eight people at gunpoint in Frankford and forced two of the victims to withdraw cash from a nearby ATM.
Three of the four men forced their way into a home in the 37000 block of Carolina Drive in the Plantation Park neighborhood east of Frankford just after 9 p.m., according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
One of the men, who later was identified as 23-year-old Millsboro resident Antonio Perdow, pointed a handgun at the eight victims – including three men, three women and two teenage girls – and ordered them to the floor before demanding money, he said.
Perdow and one of his accomplices, later identified as 51-year-old Georgetown resident Earl T. Garrison, then reportedly forced a 58-year-old female victim and a 24-year-old female victim to drive them to the Fulton Bank at 60 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean view so they could withdraw money from an automated teller machine.
After attempting to obtain cash from the ATM, the 58-year-old victim began to pull away from the bank, but was blocked in by officers from the Ocean View and South Bethany police departments who were alerted to the kidnapping by the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.
Perdow and Garrison were taken into custody and officers recovered a small caliber revolver from the victim’s vehicle, Fournier said.
Troopers later stopped 27-year-old Leroy N. Cooper of Selbyville and 27-year-old Preston, Md., resident Trey J. Goodman in a vehicle that matched the description of the home invaders’ vehicle in the parking lot of Hocker’s Deli at 34960 Atlantic Ave. near Millville.
Fournier said Goodman gave a fake name and attempted to flee before being taken into custody a short time later.
Police later determined Cooper drove the other home invaders to the Frankford-area home.
Perdow, Garrison and Goodman are each charged with kidnapping, robbery, attempted robbery, home invasion, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child.
Goodman also is charged with criminal impersonation.
Cooper is charged with robbery, attempted robbery, home invasion, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child.
All four men are being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution.
Perdow is being held on a $378,000 cash bail. Garrison is being held on a $372,000 cash bail. Goodman is being held on a $373,000 cash bail. Cooper is being held on a $242,000 cash bail.