Delaware State Police

Troopers Investigate Gas Station Robbery

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

New Castle- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the armed robbery of a New Castle area gas station that occurred last night.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident happened at approximately 7:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, as a male suspect entered the Exxon located at 261 S. DuPont Highway, New Castle. The suspect then confronted a male employee and pointed an unknown make and model handgun at him. He then demanded money from the cash register. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to him. The suspect then exited the store and was last seen running in a northbound direction across Pulaski Highway. The employee was not injured.

The suspect was described as a black male. He was 20-30 years of age, 5’10”-6’02” tall, weighed between 150-175 lbs., and was last seen wearing a black jacket and black pants. There is no further physical or clothing description available. No video surveillance photos are available to be released.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the Robbery Unit at Troop 2 at 302-365-8566. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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Released: 120716 1045

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Troopers Conducting Death Investigation – Dover

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Dover – The Delaware State Police are releasing the name of the male victim who was found dead behind a residence located in the 400 block of Aspen Drive, Dover, as Tyler Parton, 24, of Dover. An autopsy conducted yesterday by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science has ruled the death a homicide by a gunshot wound.

Delaware State Police Homicide Unit detectives continue their investigation into this incident. Additional information and investigative details will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available and the investigation progresses.  No suspect information has been developed at this time.

Released: 120716 1025

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**Original Release**

Dover- The Delaware State Police are currently conducting a death investigation after a 24-year-old male was discovered deceased this morning in Dover.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Troopers responded to a residence located in the 400 block of Aspen Drive, Pinewood Acres, Dover, after a 9-1-1 call was placed reporting a male victim unconscious and laying in the rear yard of the home. Kent County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science was contacted and removed the male victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Delaware State Police Homicide Detectives have responded to the scene and will assume the investigation into this incident as foul play is suspected. Detectives are continuing their investigation by conducting interviews and collecting evidence to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.  Additional information and investigative details will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available and the investigation progresses.  No suspect information has been developed at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Sgt. David Weaver at 302-741-2728. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 120616 1015

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Troopers Investigate 7-11 Robbery

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Wilmington- Delaware State Police are currently investigating the robbery of a Wilmington area 7-11 store that occurred early this morning.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident happened at approximately 4:24 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, November 6, 2016, as a male suspect entered the 7-11 located at 4865 Governor Printz Blvd, Wilmington. The suspect then approached the sales counter where he confronted a male employee and demanded cigarettes. The suspect implied that he was armed, however, a weapon was not displayed. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of cigarettes to him .The suspect then exited the store and fled on foot in a southbound direction on Governor Printz Blvd. The employee was not injured.

The suspect was described as a black male. He was approximately 45 years of age, 5’10-6’00″ tall, weighed 180-200 lbs., and was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black jacket, and black pants.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the Robbery Unit at Troop 2 at 302-365-8566. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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Released: 120616 1235

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**Update** State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash, Georgetown

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Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Georgetown, DE– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into a serious hit and run pedestrian crash which has claimed the life of Isabel Velasquez-Perez, 56 of Georgetown.

The investigation suggests Velasquez-Perez was struck by a black vehicle along Oak Street in the area of Garden Circle within the County Seat Garden Mobile Home Development.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Corporal N. DeMalto of the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-703-3267. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 120616 1141

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*Original Release*

Troopers Investigating Serious Hit and Run Crash – Georgetown

Georgetown – The Delaware State Police are investigating a serious hit and run crash that occurred early this morning leaving a woman in critical condition.

Troopers responded to the entrance of County Seat Garden Mobile Home Development off Wilson Road around 5:48 a.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2016, for a report of a woman lying on the side of the road. Upon troopers and Emergency Medical Services arrival, a 56-year-old female from was treated on scene by paramedics and then airlifted to Beebe Healthcare where she is currently listed in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation suggests the woman was struck by an unknown vehicle along Oak Street in the area of Garden Circle within the development. No vehicle description is available at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Corporal N. DeMalto of the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-703-3267. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 111616 1815

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Troopers Conducting Death Investigation – Dover

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Dover- The Delaware State Police are currently conducting a death investigation after a 24-year-old male was discovered deceased this morning in Dover.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Troopers responded to a residence located in the 400 block of Aspen Drive, Pinewood Acres, Dover, after a 9-1-1 call was placed reporting a male victim unconscious and laying in the rear yard of the home. Kent County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science was contacted and removed the male victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Delaware State Police Homicide Detectives have responded to the scene and will assume the investigation into this incident as foul play is suspected. Detectives are continuing their investigation by conducting interviews and collecting evidence to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.  Additional information and investigative details will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available and the investigation progresses.  No suspect information has been developed at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Sgt. David Weaver at 302-741-2728. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 120616 1015

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Troopers Arrest Two for Knife Robbery – Seaford

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James T. Ritchie

 

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Justin S. Poole

 

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Seaford, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested two men in connection with a robbery east of Seaford.

The preliminary investigation revealed the incident occurred on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at approximately 6:10 p.m. as Troopers responded to the 9,000 block of Middleford Road, Seaford near the VFW for a report of a robbery with a knife. The victim, 46 of Ellendale, was contacted by the first suspect named James “TJ” Ritchie who was in town and wanted to meet with him. The victim obtained a ride to the Food Lion in Laurel in order to meet. The victim entered the suspect’s vehicle to get a ride to a friend’s house in Seaford. During the ride Ritchie demanded money from the victim. When the victim refused, Justin S. Poole a passenger in the vehicle pulled a knife. A struggle ensued as Ritchie made threatening statements toward the victim. During the robbery the suspects were able to get money and prescription medication from the victim. After the incident the victim was able to get out of the vehicle and run across the road to call 9-1-1 to report the robbery as both suspects fled in the vehicle. The victim was not injured.

Troopers located and stopped the suspect vehicle a short time later. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. Both James “TJ” Ritchie, 27 of Laurel, and Justin S. Poole, 30 of Maryland were transported to Troop 4, Georgetown where detectives formally charged them with Robbery 1st Degree, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony and Conspiracy 2nd.  Both were committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $75,000.00 secured bond. (See attached mug shots)

Released: 120516 1531

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Gold Alert Cancelled for Missing Wyoming man – Joshua Krause

Gold Alert Issued for Missing Wyoming Man – Cancelled

Joshua Krause has been located. The Gold Alert has been cancelled.

Released: 120516 1341

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Wyoming, DE-The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Joshua Krause, of Wyoming, Delaware.

Troopers are looking for Joshua Krause, 29, who has not been seen since approximately 9:00 p.m. yesterday, Saturday, December 3, 2016 after he left the Camden-Wyoming area.

There is a concern for his welfare as troopers have been unable to make contact with him to check on him and attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful.

Joshua Krause is described as being 6’02” tall, weighs approximately 175 lbs., and has brown hair and blue eyes. There is no clothing description available for Krause.

If anyone has any information in reference to the whereabouts of Joshua Krause, they are asked to call Troop 3 at 302-697-4454. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 120416 1651

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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Wyoming Man

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Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

Wyoming, DE-The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Joshua Krause, of Wyoming, Delaware.

Troopers are looking for Joshua Krause, 29, who has not been seen since approximately 9:00 p.m. yesterday, Saturday, December 3, 2016 after he left the Camden-Wyoming area.

There is a concern for his welfare as troopers have been unable to make contact with him to check on him and attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful.

Joshua Krause is described as being 6’02” tall, weighs approximately 175 lbs., and has brown hair and blue eyes. There is no clothing description available for Krause.

If anyone has any information in reference to the whereabouts of Joshua Krause, they are asked to call Troop 3 at 302-697-4454. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 120416 1651

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Troopers Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash- **Update- Name Released**

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Felton- The 47 year old operator of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe that was involved in the fatal motor vehicle crash on SR 12 just east of Felton on Saturday, December 3, 2016, has been identified as Carl J. Klotz.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Released: 120416 1640

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**Original Release**

Felton- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred early this morning east of Felton.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 1:41 a.m. this morning, Saturday, December 3, 2016, as Christopher Thompson, 32, of Coatesville, PA, was operating a 2006 Dodge 3500 pick up truck, which was pulling a 30 foot enclosed box trailer, and was traveling on eastbound SR 12 (Midstate Road) east of Chimney Hill Road, Felton. Due to a mechanical problem with the trailer, Thompson had pulled onto the right hand shoulder of the roadway; however, a portion of the trailer remained in the eastbound lane of travel. Thompson then placed a floor jack under the driver’s side of the enclosed box trailer’s tires, and as he was standing in the eastbound lane of the roadway, he was struck by the right front bumper of a fully marked 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, which was being operated by an off-duty 47 year old male police officer from the Harrington Police Department. Thompson was thrown onto the hood and windshield of the Tahoe before landing in the eastbound lane of travel where he came to rest.

Christopher Thompson, who was dressed in all dark clothing at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither alcohol nor drugs use on the part of Thompson appear to be a factor in this crash.

The male operator of the Tahoe, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was not injured. Alcohol and drug use on the part of the operator is not being considered as a factor in the crash. Excessive speed is also not being considered as a factor. The name of the Harrington Police officer is being withheld but will be released at a later date.

A female passenger, who was seated in the rear passenger seat of the Dodge, was not injured in the crash.

Inquiries of the Harrington Police Department can be made by calling 302-398-4493.

Midstate Road was closed for approximately five hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Released: 120316 0850

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Troopers Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale 

Felton- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred early this morning east of Felton.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 1:41 a.m. this morning, Saturday, December 3, 2016, as Christopher Thompson, 32, of Coatesville, PA, was operating a 2006 Dodge 3500 pick up truck, which was pulling a 30 foot enclosed box trailer, and was traveling on eastbound SR 12 (Midstate Road) east of Chimney Hill Road, Felton. Due to a mechanical problem with the trailer, Thompson had pulled onto the right hand shoulder of the roadway; however, a portion of the trailer remained in the eastbound lane of travel. Thompson then placed a floor jack under the driver’s side of the enclosed box trailer’s tires, and as he was standing in the eastbound lane of the roadway, he was struck by the right front bumper of a fully marked 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, which was being operated by an off-duty 47 year old male police officer from the Harrington Police Department. Thompson was thrown onto the hood and windshield of the Tahoe before landing in the eastbound lane of travel where he came to rest.

Christopher Thompson, who was dressed in all dark clothing at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither alcohol nor drugs use on the part of Thompson appear to be a factor in this crash.

The male operator of the Tahoe, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was not injured. Alcohol and drug use on the part of the operator is not being considered as a factor in the crash. Excessive speed is also not being considered as a factor. The name of the Harrington Police officer is being withheld but will be released at a later date.

A female passenger, who was seated in the rear passenger seat of the Dodge, was not injured in the crash.

Inquiries of the Harrington Police Department can be made by calling 302-398-4493.

Midstate Road was closed for approximately five hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Released: 120316 0850

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