ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER JUMPING FROM SECOND STORY WINDOW

 (Wilmington, DE 19805) On Saturday (Nov 21), patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the Jalisco Mexican Grocery Store in the Willow Run Shopping Center for a robbery that had just occurred with a weapon.

When the officers arrived, they learned from a witness that a white male entered the store with a bandana over his face, went up to the clerk, stood next to her and pointed a knife at her. The subject demanded cash and then left on foot.

Patrol officers canvassed the area without success.

Last Sunday (Nov 29), patrol officers were again dispatched to the Jalisco Mexican Grocery Store for another robbery. On this occasion a white male entered the store, approached the clerk, displayed a knife, demanded cash and then left with the money. Several witnesses followed the suspect on foot and watched him enter a black SUV.   One witness followed the suspect to the 1400 block of East Willow Run Drive.

Officers arrived at this address and set up a perimeter encompassing the property.  While on the perimeter the officers observed 28-year-old, Steven Strickler leap from a second story window and attempt to run.  The officers were able to quickly take him into custody and they then learned that one more person was still inside the residence.

After multiple attempts to contact the person inside were unsuccessful, a search warrant was sworn to, and the New Castle County Division of Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team was assembled.  SWAT entered the residence and found 43-year-old Donald Schneider hiding in the attic.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police assumed the investigation and both Schneider and Strickler were taken to NCCPD Headquarters and charged.

Steven Strickler was charged with both robberies, which included two counts of felony Robbery First Degree, two counts of felony Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, and two counts of Felony Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11  and held in lieu of $84,000 secured bail.

Donald Schneider was charged with one count misdemeanor Resisting Arrest.  He was also arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and received a $2000 unsecured bail.  However, he was still held reference earlier unrelated charges.

Steven Strickler
Donald Schneider

POLICE INVESTIGATE HOMICIDE IN THE COMMUNITY OF OVERVIEW GARDENS

(New Castle, De 19720) Last night (Nov 29), at approximately 5:00 p.m., patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the area of Arbor Drive, in the community of Overview Gardens for the report of shots being fired.

Several patrol units arrived at the scene and located a 33-year-old, Eddie Johnson laying on the ground, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Lifesaving efforts were initiated; however, he was later pronounced deceased after being transported to an area hospital.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived at the scene and assumed the investigation.

The investigation revealed that prior to the patrol units arrival, a second victim, a 37-year-old female, had already been transported to a local area hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. 

The detectives further learned that the second victim’s ex-boyfriend, 47-year-old, Vincent Young was outside of his house when the two victims drove by.  An argument ensued and the detectives learned that Young retrieved a handgun and fired at both of the victims. 

Responding officers  were able to take Young into custody at the scene. As a result of the investigation Vincent Young  was charged  with one count felony Murder 1st, two counts felony Possessions of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, one count of Felony Assault 2nd, and one count of misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $232,000 cash bail. 

Vincent Young

POLICE INVESTIGATE THANKSGIVING DAY SHOOTING

POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING ON THANKSGIVING

(New Castle, DE 19720) Last night (Nov 26), at approximately 8:30 p.m., patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Stonebridge Blvd, in the community of Hampton Green Townhouses for a report of shots fired.

When the officers arrived, they located a black SUV idling in the parking lot. The officers were notified by dispatch that the SUV had been reported stolen from the City of Wilmington. When the officers examined the SUV, a 21-year-old male was seen laying across the front seats.  The male was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso area.  The officers immediately provided first aid and when paramedics arrived, he was transported to a local area hospital, where he was admitted for his injuries.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived at the scene and assumed the investigation.  This investigation is ongoing and in its early stages.  Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

 Anyone with information please contact Det. Lucas at (302) 395-8110 or via email at Brian.Lucas@newcastlede.gov or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

Citizens can also 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. Additionally, tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Division of Police.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a violent crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources through (302)-395-8000.

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