Man Charged With Two Murders That Closed Market Street In February

Thomas Hollingsworth

Wilmington – Wilmington Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the two murders that shut down Market Street in February.

After continued investigation by members of the Criminal Investigations Division, Thomas Hollingsworth, 38, of Wilmington was developed as a suspect in the February 21, 2017 double homicide investigation from the 2200 block of N. Market Street., according to Wilmington Police.

The victims were identified as Ainsley Cumberbatch,Jr., 23, of Wilmington who was pronounced deceased on scene and Jamiel Congo, 23, also of Wilmington who succumbed to his injuries at the Christiana Hospital.

On February 21,  2017 at approximately 10:54 am Wilmington Police Officer officers responded to the area of 22nd and N. Market Street in reference to a shots fired investigation with a possible person down.

Arriving officers located two victims in the 2200 block of N. Market Street. One victim, described as a 23-year-old male was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound to his head and was pronounced deceased on scene by New Castle County Paramedics.

The second victim, identified as a 23-year-male was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound to his right arm and chest areas. That victim was treated on scene by New Castle County Paramedics and transported to the Christiana Hospital Emergency Room in critical condition.

Officials said on Monday, April 4, 2017, Thomas Hollingsworth was indicted by the New Castle County Grand Jury on the following criminal charges related to the February 21, 2017 double homicide investigation:

*2 Counts of Murder in the 1st Degree
*2 Counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited
*2 Counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony

Thomas Hollingsworth was is currently incarcerated at Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on separate charges and is pending arraignment for the murder charges.

Hollingsworth was located in Pennsylvania and placed into custody on March 08, 2017 by members of the First State Fugitive Task Force, the United States Marshals Service and the Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Task Force, according to authorities.

Image Credits: Wilmington Police


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