Police, DTV Partnership Again Produces Robbery Arrest

Posted on  07/02/2013 6:07 pm

Location:

  • Unit block East 11th Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Occurrence:

  • Monday, July 1, 2013, approximately 1:00 p.m.

Victim:

  • 25 year old female, Reading, Pennsylvania

Defendant/Charges:

  • Justin Harmon, 29, Onaway Place, New Castle, Delaware
    • Robbery 2nd Degree

Summary:

For the second time in two weeks the ongoing partnership between the Wilmington Department of Police and Downtown Visions resulted in the arrest of a robbery suspect.

On July 1, 2013, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Corporal Robert Steele was on patrol in the unit block of East 11th Street, when a female victim flagged him down to report a robbery.

An investigation indicates that the victim was in the area of Rodney Square attempting to change a 20 dollar bill to pay bus fare. The defendant, Justin Harmon, approached and grabbed the money from her hand. When the victim resisted, he struck her repeatedly with his arm and fled with the money.

Officers broadcast a suspect description and began an area search. An alert Downtown Visions employee observed Justin Harmon, who matched the suspect description, in the area of West 9th and North West Streets and notified police. Assisting officers, Master Corporal Steve Parrott and Corporal Jose Santana, took Harmon into custody without incident.

Police Chief Christine Dunning praised the partnership between the two agencies and the efforts of the individual officers involved, “The Wilmington Department of Police and Downtown Visions have a lengthy record of successful cooperation. Incidents like this demonstrate how successful partnerships between citizens and the police department can have a positive impact on our community.”

The Wilmington Department of Police and Downtown Visions have had a close working relationship since Downtown Visions’ inception in 1994. Since 2001 Downtown Visions has monitored cameras in both the downtown areas and surrounding neighborhood of Wilmington, alerting officers to crimes in progress and other emergency situations.

Justin Harmon was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 20 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of a $5,000 secured bond.

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