Troopers Make Arrest In Minquadale Bank Robbery

New Castle – The Delaware State Police have arrested 49-year-old Jeffrey B. Lagasse of New Castle, in connection with the robbery of a Minquadale area credit union that occurred Tuesday morning, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 9:32 a.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at the Alliance Federal Credit Union, located at 2320 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle. A male suspect, later identified as Lagasse, who had his face concealed, approached a teller and demanded cash while implying that he had a weapon, according to Austin. The victim complied with the demand and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect who then fled in an unknown direction. The victim was not injured as a result of the incident.

Investigative measures conducted by the first responding Troopers led to the development of Lagasse as a suspect in the robbery said Austin. Through further investigation by Troop 2 Robbery Unit detectives, Lagasse was positively identified as the suspect. At approximately 4:30 p.m., Lagasse was observed in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Wilton Blvd. Wal-Mart, where he was taken into custody without incident by members of the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT).

A subsequent search of Lagasse’s Juniper St. residence, resulted in the recovery of evidence further linking him to the robbery.

Lagasse was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #2 on one count each of Robbery 2nd Degree and Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony and then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $12,000.00 cash bail.

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