Arrest Made In Fatal Shooting Of Young Woman Driving In Harrington

The Delaware State Police have arrested a Felton man for murder following a homicide investigation that began in March 2021 in the Harrington area.

Officials said on March 31, 2021, at approximately 3:13 p.m., troopers responded to Milford Harrington Highway west of Sandbox Road regarding a shooting. The investigation showed that the victim, identified as 20-year-old Maricruz Sanchez of Milford, Delaware, had been driving westbound on Milford Harrington Highway in a 1998 Honda Accord when a dark-colored SUV pulled alongside her car. Officials said a suspect fired a handgun at Sanchez’s Accord, and she was shot multiple times. Sanchez was taken to an area hospital and was later pronounced deceased.

Detectives from the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit assumed the investigation and developed 20-year-old Adryan Jean-Baptiste of Felton, Delaware as a suspect. On December 19, 2022, Jean-Baptiste was taken into custody without incident at Dover Probation & Parole when he reported to his probation officer. Jean-Baptiste was transported to Troop 3 and charged with Murder First Degree and Conspiracy First Degree. Jean-Baptiste was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court # 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $1,002,000 cash bond.

Officials said at the time that an autopsy conducted by the Division of Forensic Science revealed Sanchez was shot multiple times in the upper torso. It appears Sanchez was targeted in retaliation for an earlier incident in which she was not involved a DSP spokesman said last year. Sanchez, the mother of two young children, was an innocent victim, added police

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