Four Charged In New Castle’s Rambleton Acres Double Shooting

(L-R) Daquan Hammond, Evan Dayton, Jarryd Blankenbiller. George Lomas

New Castle County Police announced today the arrest of four men in Elkton, Maryland who were wanted in connection with a shooting in the New Castle, Delaware development of Rambleton Acres, according to M/Cpl. Michel Eckerd .

Eckerd said on June 13, at approximately 8:04 p.m., officers from the New Castle County Police were dispatched to the intersection of Rambleton Drive and Rambo Terrace for a shooting that had just occurred. Police learned that a 20-year-old male and 19-year-old female were both shot and transported to an area hospital by emergency medical services. Both have since been treated and released from an area hospital.

Detectives worked tirelessly alongside members of the local community and other police agencies.  Through their combined efforts, local surveillance footage was obtained and four suspects were later identified by detectives with the Elkton, Maryland Police Department.

Further investigation revealed that four suspects were responsible for the shooting.  They were identified as 20-year-old Daquan Hammond, 20-year-old Evan Dayton, 23-year-old Jarryd Blankenbiller and 21-year-old George Lomas, said Eckerd.  With the assistance of the Maryland State Police, Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, and Elkton Police Department all four subjects were taken into custody in Maryland on June 19.

NCCPD detectives, with the assistance of investigators from the aforementioned agencies, executed several search warrants at Elkton area residences and motels– seizing multiple firearms and evidence linking the defendants to the shooting, according to Eckerd.

On June 20, all four subjects were transported from Maryland to New Castle County Police Headquarters where they were all charged with:  2 counts of felony Assault 1st degree, 1 count of felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, 1 count of felony Reckless Endangering 1st degree, and felony Conspiracy 2nd degree.

All four were arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and are currently being held at Howard Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $188,000 cash bail.

New Castle County Police Chief, Colonel Vaughn M. Bond, Jr. cited this case as a textbook example of citizen/police cooperation.  “As we say all the time, police cannot solve crimes by ourselves.  This is what can happen when the police and community work together to get criminals off the streets.  This type of cooperation will produce these results every time if we simply trust one another.”

Original Report

New Castle County Police are investigating the shooting that occurred in the community of Rambleton Acres last night, June 13.

At approximately 8:04 p.m., New Castle County Police were dispatched to the intersection of Rambleton Drive and Rambo Terrace for a shooting that had just occurred, according to County Police Spokesman M/Cpl. Michel Eckerd.

Upon arrival, police learned that a 20-year-old male and 19-year-old female had both been shot.
Early reports indicate that the male was suffering from a wound to his lower back and the female was suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso.

Responding crews from Christiana Fire/EMS, along with NCC Paramedics treated both patients at the scene before transporting them the trauma center, according to Christiana Fire Chief Richard Perllo.

As of last night, both patients were listed in stable condition, according to Eckerd.

Breaking Report

New Castle – Just after 8:00 this evening, members of the Christiana Fire Company, along with New Castle County Police and Paramedics responded to the unit block of Rambo Terrace for reports of a shooting.

Upon arrival, crews found two patients suffering from serious gun shot wounds.

Ambulance crews are en route to the hospital with a 19-year-old-male who is suffering from a wound to his lower back.

A separate ambulance crew is en route with an 18-year-old-female who is suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso.

Both patients are being rushed to Christiana Hospital’s Traumas Center with a tramua code.

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