Arrest Made: 87-Year-Old Injured While Fighting Off Home Invader

Police make arrest in last week’s Cleland Heights home invasion.

Yesterday, Nov 4, after an extensive investigation, detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit were able to name 18-year-old Waleem Christian as a suspect, officials said Tuesday.

Christian was apprehended by the New Castle County Division of Police Special Investigations Squad and transported to New Castle County Police Headquarters.

He has been charged with one count of felony Possession of a Deadly Weapon During a Commission of A Felony, one count felony Robbery First Degree, one count felony Burglary First Degree, one count misdemeanor Terroristic Threatening, and one count felony Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $152,000 secured bail.

Original Story

Yesterday, at approximately 11:30 in the morning, officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block of Cleland Course in the community of Cleland Heights, for a report of a Home Invasion.

Upon arrival, officers were able to interview the 87-year-old victim. The officers learned that the victim came home and found a subject inside of his residence. The victim confronted the subject and a struggle ensued. During the altercation, the subject struck the victim and fled with the victim’s vehicle keys, ultimately stealing the victim’s car, police said.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The officers were then able to locate the vehicle in the area of Maryland Ave and 5th Ave.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit have assumed the investigation.

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