Troopers: Gunfire After Armed Men Knock Down Door In Harbeson Home Invasion

Harbeson- The Delaware State Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred last evening, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the incident occurred on January 13, 2020, at approximately 7:42 p.m., when Troopers were dispatched to a residence in the 22000 block of Danfield Drive in Harbeson, for a report of a home invasion.

Upon arrival, Troopers learned that a white female with pink hair knocked on the side door of the residence and advised the 31-year-old female resident who opened the door that she had ran out of gas. Immediately after, two black males with their faces covered entered the residence with black semi-automatic handguns, according to Jaffe.

A 49-year-old female was sitting on the couch when one of the suspects took her phone as she was attempting to call 911. The second suspect proceeded into the back of the residence where he encountered a 51-year-old male resident coming out of a bedroom. The suspect struck the 51-year-old over the head with the weapon and demanded money, according to Jaffe. The victim turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect and the 51-year-old male ended up outside the residence. The second suspect remained inside and was arguing with the 49-year-old female who was preventing the suspect from entering a bathroom where a 21-year-old female had locked herself inside. The 31-year-old female was able to exit the residence with her two children ages 8 and 9. The 51-year-old male ran back inside the residence and locked the door. The suspect who was outside at this time, proceeded to kick in the door and re-entered the residence. The suspect then proceeded to fire one round, striking a wall. Both suspects then fled the residence in an unknown direction.

The 51-year-old male victim sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local area hospital. There were no other injuries reported as a result of this incident.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Troop 4, Major Crimes Unit, Detective C. Simpson at (302) 856-5850.

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