Suspect in Chinese restaurant robbery arrested

MILLSBORO – Delaware State Police Thursday evening arrested a 31-year-old Millsboro man in their investigation of an armed robbery at a Chinese restaurant earlier that day.

Christopher Pfaffenrath was taken into custody at the Sea Esta Motel II on Rudder Road in Long Neck by detectives around 11 p.m., Feb. 1, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Christopher Pfaffenrath

Troopers responded to the robbery report around 4:38 p.m. Thursday at the First Wok Chinese Restaurant on John J. Williams Highway.

The business owner told state police that a male subject entered the restaurant with a handgun and demanded money. The owner complied and gave an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who fled on foot toward the rear of business, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Present in the restaurant at the time of this incident were three employees and two children.  None were injured, Cpl. Jaffe said.

The suspect was described as a white male with a beard, wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt, with letters tattooed on his right hand.

Investigation led detectives to the Sea Esta Motel II.  Members of the Sussex Governor’s Task Force and Major Crimes Unit observed the suspect exit a vehicle in the parking lot and took Pfaffenrath into custody without incident.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for both the motel in which Pfaffenrath was staying and his residence in the 30000 block of Kill Deer Lane, PotNets Bayside.

Execution of the search warrant at the residence in PotNets revealed an airsoft BB gun, a sweatshirt and black hat that were consistent with the clothing worn during the robbery, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Pfaffenrath was transported to Troop 4 and charged with robbery first degree, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, six counts of reckless endangering first degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

State police also learned Pfaffenrath was also a fugitive from Pennsylvania.  Pfaffenrath was arraigned out of the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $138,000 cash only bond.

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