On Saturday, March 23, 32-year-old Millsboro resident Hakim Drake allegedly entered the Long Neck Road M&T Bank, wearing sunglasses and a cloth over the lower half of his face and brandishing what appeared to be a handgun. He then allegedly vaulted the counter and, according to police, demanded money from three tellers, who complied by turning over cash.
“No one was injured,” said Delaware State Police Public Information Officer Cpl. John Day of the robbery.
Day said witnesses outside of the bank saw Drake flee the scene on foot, dropping cash along the way.
“He was dropping it as he went along,” said Day.
Drake reportedly went to the Long Neck Apartments complex where, according to Day, troopers arrived shortly thereafter. A trooper searching the apartment complex reportedly saw Drake exit his apartment and then immediately retreat back inside, locking the door to the apartment.
Day said that, with such a situation, in which the suspect is believed to be armed, the Delaware State Police’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT) is called in. The weapon used in the robbery was identified as a pellet gun following Drake’s apprehension.
“We have a Special Operations Response Team. It’s what other departments call a SWAT team. They were called in and participated in resolving the situation.”
Day said troopers set up a perimeter around the apartment building and evacuated nearby residents, and troopers were able to make contact with Drake by telephone.
“Generally, while patrol troopers make an outer barrier, members of our SORT team create a closer perimeter and have specialized tool they can use to make an apprehension if the suspect was to come out quickly. They have different types of tools and different types of weapons than the average patrol trooper has.”
After initially refusing to exit the apartment, Drake reportedly exited peacefully and was taken into custody without further incident approximately an hour later.
Following Drake’s arrest, he was charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of aggravated menacing and wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony. Drake was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute for lack of $180,000 cash bail.
Day said authorities are requesting that anyone who witnessed any part of the incident, or who recovered any money dropped by Drake while he was fleeing, contact detectives at Troop 4 at (302) 856-5850, extension 208.