POLICE SEEK PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING BAIL SCAM SUSPECT

(Wilmington, DE 19809) On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at approximately 7:00 p.m., officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Ridge Road (Holly Oak Community) in reference to a fraud investigation.

When the officers arrived, they learned that a 78-year-old male victim had been contacted by someone pretending to be his grandson. The suspect posing as his grandson told him that he was involved in a car crash and needed bail money or else he was going to jail. The victim then spoke to a person pretending to be his grandson’s lawyer. The second suspect posing as a lawyer told the victim he needed to provide over $9,000.00 in cash to keep his grandson from going to jail. The victim reported a suspect then responded to his residence to collect the money. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male who was wearing a black hat, grey sweatshirt, and black pants.

Officers conducted a canvas of the area and collected surveillance footage of the incident. This is an active and ongoing investigation.

If you have any information related to this investigation or can identify the suspect in the attached photo, please contact the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook at New Castle County Police Department.

As a friendly reminder please follow these tips and share them with friends and family to protect yourself from these scams:

  • Don’t let a caller rush you into making decisions.
  • Do hang up and call the family member in question or other relatives, on a known number, to make sure everyone is safe.
  • Don’t send cash, wire money, or provide numbers from gift or cash-reload cards to a person claiming to be a family member. Scammers prefer those payment methods because they’re difficult to trace.
  • Use privacy settings on your social media accounts so that only people you know can access your posts and photos.
  • If someone claims to be a police officer, do call the relevant law enforcement agency to verify the person’s identity and any information they’ve given you.
  • The only way to alleviate a warrant is to appear at the issuing agency, or at the court. Also, when posting bail, even for a family member, you must be present to post the bail.
  • Neither Deputies nor officers from the New Castle County Division of Police will ever request or take funds over the phone, any payments owed must be made in person to the respective court
  • Trust your instincts.

Additionally, if you think you have been the victim of a scam or fraud, please do not be embarrassed or ashamed.  These scammers can be very convincing, and you are not alone.  Contact the New Castle County Police non-emergency line 302-573-2800 or 302-395-8171 to report a scam.

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UPDATE WITH ARREST: POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN CHRISTIANA FALLS HOMICIDE

(New Castle, DE 19720) The New Castle County Division of Police has arrested 37-year-old Allan Henderson Jr. of Delaware City for the murder of his father, Allan Henderson Sr. (65). On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, officers responded to the unit block of Verdi Circle (Christiana Falls Community) in reference to a welfare check. When officers arrived at the scene, they contacted an adult male at the front door. The subject then ran away but was later detained following a foot pursuit by responding officers. The subject was identified as Allan Henderson Jr. (37).

Officers then responded inside the residence at which time Allan Henderson Sr. was located deceased due to multiple lacerations and significant trauma. Allan Henderson Jr. was then transported to New Castle County Police Headquarters.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Unit arrived at the scene and assumed the investigation. Following further investigation, Henderson was later charged with one felony count of murder in the first degree, one count of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Henderson was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and bail was set at $1,060,000.00 cash. Henderson was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution.

“Our hearts go out to the victim and his family as they struggle to cope with this tragic incident,” stated Colonel Joseph Bloch, Chief of Police.  “I am grateful that our officers were able to safely take the suspect into custody so quickly and without incident.”

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

Henderson, Allan (37)

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ARMED ROBBERY OF UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE EMPLOYEE – WILMINGTON

(Wilmington, DE 19809) The New Castle County Division of Police is currently investigating a robbery of a USPS employee that occurred in the community of Summit Chase Apartments – Wilmington.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 5:58 p.m. New Castle County Police Officers responded to the unit block of Courtyard Lane in reference to a robbery investigation. Officers learned that a 45-year-old USPS employee was delivering mail to apartment mailboxes when she was confronted by two suspects. It was reported that the suspects pointed a gun at her and demanded items from her person. One of the suspects then struck the victim at which time the suspects fled from the scene with the victim’s property. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police later responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

Anyone with information/or video pertaining to this investigation is asked to please contact Detective Holubinka at 302-395-8110 or by e-mail at Adam.Holubinka@newcastlede.gov or by calling New Castle County Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800 or via messenger on Facebook. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or submit a tip online at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

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