POLICE ARREST PEEPING TOM, SEEK ADDITIONAL VICTIMS

(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

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VEHICLE STOP LEADS TO GUN AND DRUG ARREST

(Newark, DE 19702) Last Tuesday (Apr 6), at 10:00 p.m. patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police conducted a traffic stop on Bear-Christiana Rd and East Songsmith Dr, Newark De 19702.  The stopped vehicle, a 1998 Honda Civic was driven by 25-year-old, Jacob Stoner. 

After a preliminary investigation was conducted the officers searched the vehicle and located a semi-automatic handgun, along with drug paraphernalia. 

Stoner was taken into custody and transported to New Castle County Police Headquarters where he was charged with one count felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, one count of felony Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Firearm), one count of Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Knife), one count misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana (Edibles)  (greater than personal use), one count misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance w/o Script, one count Possession of Marijuana civil violation, and the following traffic offenses, Failure to Have Insurance, Failure to Have Rear Lamps (tail light out), and Failure to Change Address with DMV.

He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and released on $8203 unsecured bail.

Jacob Stoner

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GOLD ALERT ISSUED FOR A MISSING CLAYMONT MAN: JOSHUA VENTRESCA

The New Castle County Police Department is currently searching for 27-year-old Joshua Ventresca.

(Claymont, DE 19703) Earlier today (Apr 7), officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block of Princeton Ave, in the community of Brayburn Apartments for the report of a missing person. Upon arrival, the officers learned that Joshua Ventresca has been missing since Monday (Apr 5). They also learned that Ventresca suffers from a medical condition that causes a concern for his welfare.

Joshua Ventresca is described as a white male, 5’10, 180 lbs, short blonde hair, blue eyes and possibly in possession of a black back pack.

Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joshua Ventresca to please contact the New Castle County Division of Police by dialing (302) 573-2800 or visit our website at http://www.NCCPD.com, or (IM) on the New Castle County Police Facebook page.

Joshua Ventresca