Police Investigate Assault- Farrand Village Apartments

New Castle County Police are currently investigating an assault with a weapon in the community of Farrand Village Apartments.

(Wilmington, Del.-19808) On Monday (May 22) at about 5:30pm, County Police were dispatched to an area hospital for an assault that occurred in the unit block of Deville Cir.  Police made contact with the 20-year-old female victim who stated she was taking her trash to the dumpster at about 5:00pm when a man yelled to her.  The victim advised that she could not understand what the man said and described him as a 5’09”, muscular build, 20 to 24-year old with a dark complexion, wearing a pull-over hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans, and brown shoes.  The victim proceeded to walk back towards her apartment building.

The victim stated that the man approached her from behind, grabbed her, and began to strike her in the face with an unknown item.  The victim was able to fight back and free herself.  The suspect fled towards the wooded area north-east of the complex.

The victim was taken to the hospital via ambulance where she was treated for cuts to her face and released.

The investigation has been turned over to detectives.

At this point in the investigation, police have discovered no evidence to link this particular suspect or incident to any other incidents currently being investigated by the County Police.

Police are asking anyone with surveillance footage of the area or information pertaining to this investigation to please contact Detective Levy via e-mail at cilevy@nccde.org or New Castle County Police at (302) 573-2800.

Citizens can also submit a tip by calling (302) 573-2800 or via our website at http://www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook at New Castle County Police Department.

Citizens who currently have the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips. Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit. The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all iPhone and Android smartphones.

A reward of up to $20,000.00 is available to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of those responsible for violent crimes being investigated by this agency.

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Wilmington Man- Anthony Houck

New Castle County Police are currently searching for 20-year-old Anthony Houck of the 400 block of Milltown Rd.

(Wilmington, Del. – 19808) Today (May 22) at about 1:00a.m., County Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Milltown Rd for a missing person.  Police made contact with the reporting person who advised that Anthony Houck had called and made statements that cause a concern for his welfare.  Police learned that Anthony Houck was last seen in the 100 block of 111 Northern Ave near Elsmere a few days ago.

Police searched both areas for Anthony Houck but were unable to locate him.

Anthony Houck is described as a white male, 5’07” tall, 110lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.  It is unknown what he is wearing.

Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts Anthony Houck to please contact New Castle County Police by dialing (302) 573-2800 or visit our website at www.NCCPD.com. Citizens with the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips.  Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit.  The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all iPhone and Android smartphones.

Anthony Houck

Anthony Houck

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Update with arrest: Police Investigate Hit-and-Run Crash that Injured a 1-year-old

New Castle County Police have arrested 20-year-old Elijah Meredith in connection with a hit-and-run that left a 1-year-old injured in the community of Tuxedo Park

Through an investigation, Traffic Services Unit Detectives determined that Elijah Meredith struck the 1-year-old child with his Mazda sedan.  Detectives learned Elijah Meredith attempted to leave a residence in the unit block of Roosevelt Ave when he struck the child with his vehicle.  Detectives discovered no evidence to indicate that this was an intentional act and furthermore found no evidence that the child was run-over by the vehicle.

Elijah Meredith fled the scene, but was later located and arrested.

Elijah Meredith was charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury, failure to report a collision resulting in injury, driving while suspended and failure to have insurance in possession. He was arraigned and released on $800 unsecured bail.  He was further ordered to have no contact with the victim.

If you have any information pertaining to this investigation, please contact Detective Jonathan Yard at JYard@nccde.org  or New Castle County Police at (302) 573-2800. Citizens 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 at New Castle County Police Department. Citizens who currently have the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips. Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit. The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all iPhone and Android smartphones.

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Elijah Meredith

 

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Police Investigate Hit-and-Run Crash that Injured a 1-year-old

New Castle County Police are currently investigating a hit-and-run that left a 1-year-old injured in the community of Tuxedo Park

(Wilmington, Del. – 19804) Today at about 10:30a.m., County Police were dispatched to the unit block of Roosevelt Ave for a hit-and-run involving a child.  Upon arrival, police learned that a silver Mazda sedan struck the child while leaving a residence on that block.  The child was provided emergency medical attention at the scene and transported to an area hospital.  The child is currently listed in stable condition.

The Mazda was located at about 11:55a.m.and stopped in the 6900 block of Lancaster Pike (Hockessin). The driver was taken into custody without incident.

Traffic Services Unit Detectives responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation.

Further suspect and incident information will be released as it becomes available.

If you have any information pertaining to this investigation, please contact Detective Jonathan Yard at JYard@nccde.org  or New Castle County Police at (302) 573-2800. Citizens 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 at New Castle County Police Department. Citizens who currently have the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips. Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit. The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all iPhone and Android smartphones.

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Police Provide Tips for Home Security in Warm Weather

As the weather turns warm, Colonel Vaughn Bond, Jr., chief of police, would like to remind the public of some tips to keep your home secure and make it less enticing for burglars in the summertime.

 

Protect Your Home’s Exterior

CLOSE AND LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS. Use deadbolts with at least a one inch throw. Window screens do not stop a burglar.

Make sure all first floor window air conditioning units cannot be easily removed.

Display your house number in plain view. Reflective numbers are even better.

Install lighting at all entrances, including decks, porches, sheds and garages.

Trim back any overgrown trees and shrubs from window ledges. Overgrown landscaping provides burglars with a place to hide.

Neighbors, passing motorists and police officers should be able to see your windows and doors. Close your blinds at night.

Do not leave ladders in your yard. Be sure to secure them in your garage or shed.

Reinforce sliding glass doors with slide bolt through the frame and a block in the track.

Do not hide keys outside your home.

Do not leave your garage door openers inside your vehicle. Lock interior garage doors.

Alternate the location/direction of your parked vehicle (s) to avoid predictability

 

Protect Your Home’s Interior

Install dead bolt locks on all entrance and exit doors and make sure you use them every time you leave the residence. Many burglaries occur when a homeowner leaves for only a short time. If you leave it—lock it!

Install window locks. Always make sure ground floor windows are securely locked.

Beware of ‘distraction-style’ burglaries. There are bands of burglars who are organized. One will distract you, typically with home improvement solicitations, while a partner burglarizes your home.

Install a “Door Viewer” or “Peep Hole” so you can see who is knocking at the door. If you don’t know who it is, do not open it.

Do not leave information on your social networking sites or voice mail detailing your travel plans.

Use timers on your lights to give the appearance that someone is home. Consider leaving a radio or television on.

Cut up, fold or recycle boxes from recent expensive purchases instead of leaving them curbside.

Do not leave your garage door open when outside doing yard work or other chores.

 

For more burglary prevention information, please contact the New Castle County Police Community Services Unit – (302) 395-8050

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Update with Arrest: Police Investigate Child Abduction- Village of Plum Run

 

Through a comprehensive investigation which involved federal, state, and local law enforcement spanning from Delaware to Florida, New Castle County Police Detectives have arrested 23-year-old Daniel M. Santucci Jr in connection with the April 6th abduction and sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl from the community of Village of Plum Run.

Police identified Daniel M. Santucci Jr as a person of interest in this case.  During the investigation, detectives located Daniel M. Santucci Jr’s black Honda Civic abandoned in the middle of Centerville Rd with the driver’s door open.  Detectives believed that he staged his own disappearance then further discovered that he had fled to Florida on a Grey Hound bus, which violated the conditions of his Delaware probation. On April 20th authorities located and arrested Daniel M. Santucci Jr  in Tampa, Florida for violation of probation.  Daniel M. Santucci Jr was held in Florida until he was extradited to Delaware on May 1st.

Through the investigation, detectives concluded the following: Daniel M. Santucci Jr lured the 4-year-old victim to his car, kidnapped her, sexually assaulted her, and then threw her into the large pond in the rear of Banning Park, where he left her.  Detectives have found no evidence indicating that Daniel M. Santucci Jr and the victim knew each other in any way. They further found Daniel M. Santucci Jr in possession of child pornography- the child pornography is not related to this victim.  Detectives obtained a warrant for Daniel M. Santucci Jr, who was being held at Young Correctional Institute for the violation of probation, and arrested him for the kidnapping and sexual assault on May 5th.

“I share the feeling of relief with the community and our officers now that this predator is off the street,” said Colonel Vaughn Bond, Jr., chief of police.  “I’d like to express my sincere thanks to the citizens who took the time to call in suspicious activity and offered their personal surveillance footage which all proved to be valuable in this investigation.  I’d also like to acknowledge and thank our partner law enforcement agencies who played a critical role in this investigation by performing a wide array of tasks which led to this arrest.”

“The people of our county are extremely thankful to New Castle County Police and other law enforcement agencies who worked collaboratively around the clock on this investigation,” said New Castle County Executive Matthew Meyer. “Numerous members of the public also provided invaluable information. Because of this collaborative effort we are all a little bit safer today.”

Daniel M. Santucci Jr, of the 600 block of New Rd in Wilmington, was charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, unlawful sexual contact with a person under 13 years old, and possession of child pornography.  He was arraigned and committed to Young Correctional Institution after failing to post $1,076,000 cash only bail.

Daniel M. Santucci Jr

Daniel M. Santucci Jr

 

See previous posts:

https://nccpdnews.com/2017/04/06/police-investigate-child-abduction-child-located/

https://nccpdnews.com/2017/04/07/update-to-police-investigate-child-abduction-child-located/

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