(Newark, De 19702) Last Monday (Apr 5), patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block of Winterhaven Drive, in the community of Spring Crossing Apartments for the report of an in-progress burglary.  When the officers arrived, they were able to interview the 25-year-old-female victim.

The victim reported that while as she exited her bathroom, she saw that her window blinds were crumpled in such a way that was unfamiliar to her and a window was opened wider than usual. She then reported that when she looked closer, she saw someone outside that she did not recognize.  She then shouted and the subject ran away from the window.

The patrol officers established a perimeter and attempted to locate the subject but were unsuccessful.  Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit then assumed the investigation.

 On April 6th, after an extensive investigation, additional evidence was discovered and 30-year-old, Keith Washington was identified as a suspect.  Earlier today, members of the Special Investigations Squad were able to locate and apprehend Washington at his residence and take him into custody. 

Washington was taken to New Castle County Police Headquarters and charged with one count of felony Attempted Burglary 1st degree.  He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $3000 unsecured bail.

Based on this investigation, detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward. Detectives are asking anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation to contact Detective Stearne at (302)395-8068 or via e-mail at Rodney.Stearne@newcastlede.gov or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

Citizens can text a tip anonymously simply by texting the number 847411 keyword: NCCDE. You can also submit a tip via our website at http://www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Division of Police.

Keith Washington