Quick arrest in Delaware 7-11 murder

State Police arrest three people in connection with the murder of a convenience store clerk near Glasgow early Wednesday morning.

 The trio face murder and robbery charges in the death of 48-year-old Mohammed Rafique Ullah.  Police say 25-year-old Andre Palmer who lives in Georgia joined 25-year-old Vanisha Carson of New Castle and 21-year-old Vincent Stallings of Wilmington in the robbery and shooting.  

Police say the three suspects attempted a robbery a few hours earlier at the I-95 Service Plaza.  Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, police say they tried to kick their way into a secured room that held a safe.  After that effort was unsuccessful, they fled, but not before a truck driver at the service plaza was able to see their getaway vehicle, a Ford Taurus.  The witness was also able to provide police with the car’s tag number.

Police were able to connect the two robberies using surveillance video.  They then executed a search warrant at the apartment where the vehicle was registered.  Inside the apartment, they found masks they say were used by Palmer and Stallings in the robbery and shooting.  They say Carson worked as the getaway driver.  Police accuse Stallings of firing the shot that killed Ullah, even though he complied with their order to hand over money from the register.

 The apartment where police found Carson and Palmer is on Winterhaven Drive which is adjacent to the scene of the crime.  They found Stallings a short time later at a unit in the Lancaster Court Apartment complex.

All three suspects remain behind bars.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.