Four masked men forced their way into a Newark home early yesterday morning, one of them pistol-whipping three residents of the home with a firearm then fleeing with stolen property.
Newark Police responded to a call around 12:40 a.m., Monday, April 13, at a residence in the unit block of New London Road (up the street from the Deer Park) for a report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.
The five men who live at the residence, who were between the ages of 18 and 22, told officers they had seen a dark-colored sedan in the driveway in the rear of the residence. One of the residents went outside and contacted the vehicle’s occupants, who were described as four black males.
One of the occupants displayed a firearm to the resident and forced him into the residence, where the suspects, who were wearing masks covering their faces, ordered the residents to turn over personal property. During the incident, the suspect with the firearm struck three of the residents with the firearm, causing lacerations. The suspects then fled the scene.
The three residents who received minor injuries after being struck with the firearm were evaluated at the scene, but refused transportation to the hospital.
Home invasions, where burglars enter the dwelling when someone is home, are extremely rare in Newark. This was the first in Newark this year, and a police spokesperson says he thinks there may have been only one in all of 2019.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. T. Gerasimov at 302-366-7100 x. 3474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Separately, on Sunday evening April 12, a pit bull dog charged a New Castle County policeman who shot the dog in self-protection.
The patrol officer had parked his patrol vehicle in the parking lot of Five Points Fire Station to utilize the lavatory. As the officer walked from his vehicle to the fire hall, he saw a dog resembling a pit-bull terrier crossing the parking lot running in his direction.
The officer attempted to run back to his vehicle, but the dog charged at him. The officer was forced to draw his firearm and shoot the dog.
The dog was collected and transported to a local animal hospital where it succumbed to its wounds.
County police say that officers learned that this dog has gotten out in the past and had attacked at least one other person. No civilians or officers were injured during this incident.
If you have any video or information regarding this investigation, please contact the New Castle County Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.
Theives at Dollar General demand customers turn over their money
Lastly, Delaware State Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a Wilmington area Dollar General yesterday afternoon.
The incident occurred on April 13, at approximately 4:34 pm, when troopers were dispatched to the store located at 2400 Kirkwood Highway – in between Prices Corner and Elsmere.
Upon arrival troopers learned two male suspects entered the store and one was armed with what appeared to be a handgun. The suspects corralled the employees and customers together inside the business before ordering a store employee to open the safe and cash registers.
Prior to fleeing the store they demanded all the individuals to turn over all money on their persons. They then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured during this incident.
Suspect #1 was described as a black male, wearing a face cover and dark-colored clothing. Suspect #1 was armed with a handgun. Suspect #2 was described as a black male, wearing a face cover and dark colored clothing.
No surveillance images are available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective B. McDerby with Troop 2 Robbery Unit by calling 302 365-8436.