Produce-stand employees attempt to stop alleged robber

On Monday, July 25, the Delaware State Police apprehended 46-year-old Stephen Banks of Millsboro for allegedly robbing Marvel’s Produce Stand, which sits along the north side of Route 26, just east of the Route 17 intersection.

According to police, in the afternoon hours of July 23, Banks approached the produce stand, which is owned by Harold Marvel, allegedly removed a metal can that contained money and proceeded to flee.

Two employees said they witnessed the robbery – a 39-year-old woman who was manning the stand and a 41-year-old man who had been sitting in a car to cool down, given the high temperatures of the day.

The two employees chased Banks into a nearby cornfield, according to police. They said the female employee injured her foot while in pursuit of Banks. The male employee, they said, was able to catch up to Banks, who then allegedly threw the money can at the employee. Police reported that Banks then went on to pull out a hammer and swing it several times at the employee before fleeing in a white Chevrolet pickup truck.

Banks was charged on July 25 with first-degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and aggravated assault. He was being held at Sussex Correctional Institute for lack of $80,000 bond.