Newark – The Newark Police Department is investigating an attempted robbery that occurred on January 9, 2018 at 10:20 p.m. at a residence in the unit block of North Street, according to Lt. Fred Nelson.
Nelson said Officers responded to the residence after the victims, three male University of Delaware students ages 20, 20, and 22, reported a robbery in progress.
One of the responding officers observed three suspects jumping out of a lower level window of the house as he arrived and engaged in a foot pursuit as the suspects fled, according to Nelson. The officer was able take one of the suspects into custody while he was attempting to hide in a nearby dumpster, said Nelson. The suspect, a male 17-year-old juvenile, of Newark, was arrested without incident and was wearing a mask at the time, added Nelson. After conducting a search of the area, officers were unable to locate the other suspects.
Detectives interviewed the victims, who stated that multiple suspects entered their residence, possibly through a window, and threatened them with a handgun. The victims stated that they attempted to flee or hide as the suspects entered the house and one of the suspects fired a handgun in their direction, said Nelson. No one was shot or injured. One of the victims was able to call the police while the suspects were still in the house.
The suspects were described as wearing dark clothes with masks and/or hoods covering their faces. Crime scene investigators later discovered what is believed to be a bullet hole inside of the residence. At this time, nothing has been determined to have been stolen.
The juvenile was arrested and charged with Home Invasion, Reckless Endanger First Degree, Conspiracy Second Degree, Attempted First Degree Robbery and Reckless Endanger First Degree.
He was video arraigned in front of Justice of the Peace Court 11 and given $112,000 cash bail. He was later committed to the New Castle County Detention Center.
This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Detective Skinner at JSkinner@newark.de.us or 302-366-7100 extension 3135.
Image Credits: Suspect Being Transported To The NCC Detention Center