Detectives Investigate Additional Robbery; Department Increases Patrols

Posted on  01/21/2013 11:17 am

Location:

  • 800 block of North Franklin Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Dates of Occurrence:

  • Saturday, January 19, 2013, approximately 9:00 p.m.

Victim:

  • 25 year old male, Wilmington, Delaware

Suspects:

  • Suspect 1: Black male, 20 to 25 years old, 5’06” to 5’08”, 200 lbs., dark clothing
  • Suspect 2: Black male, 17 to 18 years old, 5’08” to 5’10”, 190 lbs., dark clothing

Summary:

Detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred Saturday evening in the 800 block of North Franklin Street that may be linked to two similar robberies that occurred over the weekend.

An investigation indicates that around 9:00 p.m. the victim was walking in the 800 block of North Franklin Street. A dark mini-van, possibly a Chrysler Pacifica, stopped in the street and two suspects exited the passenger side and confronted the victim. The suspects each displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s property. The suspects then reentered the vehicle and fled north on North Franklin Street.

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating two similar robberies where the suspects utilized a dark mini-van.

The first incident occurred as three victims were walking with the 1800 block of West 14th Street at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013. An unknown green van approached the trio and two unknown black males exited the side door and confronted the victims. One of the suspects threw victim 1 to the ground and removed her purse. The second suspect punched victim 2 in the face before reentering the van with the first suspect and fleeing. A third black male drove the van.

The second incident occurred Saturday, January 19, 2013, at approximately 10:00 p.m. as the victim, a 68 year old female, was walking in the 1400 block of North Broom Street. Two suspects exited a gray van and began running towards the victim. The victim ran and yelled for help, but the suspects caught up to her, snatched her purse, and punched her in the face causing minor injury. The suspects then returned to the vehicle and fled east on Gilpin Avenue.

The Wilmington Police Department is aggressively investigating these incidents. The department has also increased patrols in the area and added plain clothes officers to assist with apprehending the suspects.

The Wilmington Police Department asks the public to be vigilant and proactive with their personal safety. Avoid walking alone at night and avoid unlit areas. The vehicle utilized in these incidents may be a dark mini-van and in one incident was described as a Chrysler Pacifica. Contact 911 immediately with any suspicious activity.

Anyone with information can also call:

  • Detective Joseph Bucksner at (302) 576-3629.
  • Wilmington Police Confidential Tip Line at (302) 576-3990.
  • Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 (1-800-847-3333) or online at www.tipsubmit.com