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Delaware: Man wrangles handgun from would-be robber

February 25, 2009

New Castle, Delaware

From the News Journal of February 24, 2009

Man wrangles handgun from would-be robber

When a New Castle area man found himself being held up at gunpoint early today, he managed to wrestle the weapon away from the would-be robber, a woman, police said.

The bandit, who was unsuccessful in the robbery attempt, then ran off before New Castle County officers arrived.

The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Village Apartments, county police spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro said.

Officers were called to Building R in response to the robbery report and spoke with the 51-year-old victim, who still had the woman’s gun.

He told the officers that he was about to enter his apartment building when he heard someone run up behind him.

He turned around to see a woman approaching the building, so he held the door open for her only to be accosted at gunpoint.

The man was able to wrestle the handgun away from the woman, run to his apartment and call police.

The woman, meanwhile, ran out of the building and disappeared.

Officers searched the area with a police canine, but the dog lost the scent nearby, which indicated that the would-be bandit probably escaped in a car, Navarro said.

The woman is described as petite, in her early 20s, with black hair and weighing 100 pounds.

She was dressed in dark green pants, a dark green shirt and a blue knit cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 395-8110 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.


Delaware: Police: Robber shot by would-be victim

November 25, 2008

New Castle, Delaware

From the News Journal of November 25, 2008

Police: Robber shot by would-be victim

An armed robber who tried to stick up a New Castle area man was shot himself when his would-be victim pulled out his own gun and fired at him.

The gunshot victim later reported to police that he was shot during a robbery that went awry.

New Castle County police spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro said the holdup happened at 5:45 p.m. Monday in the first block of Chesterfield Drive in Garfield Park.

A 37-year-old man told officers that he was taking items out of his car when two men walked up to him and stuck an object in his side and attempted to rob him.

The victim said he thought the assailants were going to shoot him, so he pulled out his own 9 mm handgun and fired one round at the suspects.

Navarro said the man was not sure if he hit either of the assailants, although he did hear a loud moaning sound after he fired the shot.

The two would-be robbers ran off in the direction of Bizarre Drive.

While officers were on their way to the first call about the robbery, a second call came in about an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his upper chest.

The shooting victim told the officers he was shot by a group of men who tried to rob him on Briarcliff Drive.

He was admitted to Christiana Hospital in stable condition.

Officers investigating the first case on Chesterfield Road recovered the gun from the victim and are holding it as evidence.

The shooting and attempted robbery remain under investigation.

No charges have been filed pending the outcome of the investigation.

Delaware: Man shot in home invasion south of Hartly

March 18, 2008

Kent County, Delaware

From the News Journal of March 18, 2008

Man shot in home invasion south of Hartly

A 29-year-old man was shot in the leg during a home invasion early Monday south of Hartly, state police said.

The victim was not seriously injured and refused to be taken to the hospital, state police spokesman Cpl. John W. Barnett Jr. said.

According to investigators, two or three men entered the home in the 3000 block of Hourglass Road by an unsecured ground-floor door about 2 a.m.

When the intruders were confronted by the homeowner, one of the intruders fired a gun at him.

The homeowner returned fire at the suspects using a handgun, Barnett said.

After several shots were fired, the intruders fled without taking anything.

The homeowner was struck once in the left leg, Barnett said. The gunshot wound was minor and he was treated at the scene.

A 22-year-old woman and two children, ages 2 and 11, were also home during the incident. They were not injured.


Wilmington, Delaware Liquor Store Owner Shoots Robber

February 15, 2008

Wilmington, Delaware

From the February 15, 2008 Wilmington News Journal:

It took seven shots from Bernis Martin’s Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm pistol before the Wilmington merchant hit his target. And he felt vindicated afterward.

“I had one robbery attempt before, but he wasn’t able to get anything,” Martin said Thursday night, standing inside his BGM Liquor Store at 11th and Lombard streets. “This time I have some vengeance because he did get hit.”

Martin was speaking the day after he fended off a robbery with his handgun, clipping one of four fleeing suspects and sending the others banging on doors crying for help.

Wilmington police took his weapon as evidence in the 10 p.m. shooting, but filed no charges against the store owner for wounding a 15-year-old suspect in the right thigh.

Police said the wounded youth was arrested at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa., where he allegedly went for treatment. Three others charged with trying to rob Martin as he was leaving his store were arrested in the neighborhood.

Before their arrests, two of the suspects were heard banging on rear doors, shouting, “Open the door, let me in,” said Wilmington Master Sgt. Steven Barnes.

Police said it was the 15-year-old who was later wounded who approached Martin as he was leaving the store and demanded money.

“I was startled when I saw him,” Martin said. “He looked like he might have been startled, too. He had a hood covering his head and a white-and-black bandanna on his face. He said ‘Give it up, old head,’ ” Martin, 53, said from behind the glass door that separates him from the customers he serves. Several loyal patrons came by to check on him Thursday night.

Martin said the only reason he was caught off guard was because he was headed to his second job as a technician for Chrysler in Newark. He wanted to rush to the store to get his wife some roses for Valentine’s Day.

“I was behind these pillars, so I guess he couldn’t see me. He said, ‘What you doing?’ I guess when I didn’t answer he shot at me. That’s when I shot back,” Martin said. He said he has applied for a permit to carry the gun which he holsters on his hip.

Police said the youngster shot at Martin with a .22-caliber rifle, which they recovered in making the arrests after officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area of 10th and Pine streets.

As responding officers ran to the corner where the shooting happened, they saw two people running and chased them to rear yards in the 1000 block of Lombard St., where both were arrested.

Detectives later learned that the 15-year-old had turned up at the hospital, telling medics he was wounded in downtown Wilmington near Fifth and Orange streets. Detectives went to the hospital, interviewed the teen and brought him back to Wilmington to face charges.

The fourth participant, a 17-year-old boy, was arrested after officers raided a home in the 1000 block of Lombard St.

The two teens, along with Christopher Whittaker, 20, of the 300 block of Rolling Green, in New Castle, and Cory Clark, 20, also of the 1000 block of Lombard St., were charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during a felony, reckless endangering and conspiracy.

Delaware: Teen bandits flee after store clerk takes gun

January 28, 2008

Dover, Delaware

From the News Journal of January 28, 2008

Teen bandits flee after store clerk takes gun

A store clerk turned the tables on a pair of armed robbers during an attempted holdup at a convenience store, Dover police said today.

Two teens walked into the Little Grocer convenience store on East Division Street about 9 p.m. Sunday and demanded money, Lt. James Hosfelt said.

When one of the bandits brandished a sawed-off shotgun in the direction of the clerk behind the counter, the gunman and clerk got into a physical confrontation, Hosfelt said.

The clerk refused to hand over any money from the register and then grabbed the shotgun out of the hand of the would-be robber.

After the clerk established control of the situation, the two bandits went running from the store, Hosfelt said.

August 17, 2007

Newark, Delaware

From the Wilmington News Journal of August 16, 2007

New Castle County police are investigating the shooting of a man Wednesday afternoon during a break-in. Shortly before 3 p.m., police were called to the first block of Christiana Crossing Drive in Newark, where a 31-year-old male resident of Christiana Farms town houses said he had shot someone trying to break into his home, said spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro. A female witness drove the intruder, a 39-year-old, to Christiana Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper torso, Navarro said. He was reportedly in stable condition.

January 6, 2007

Wilmington, Delaware

From January 5, 2007 WECT channel 6:

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man is recovering from a gun shot wound to his ankle. Police say he was shot after exchanging gun fire with a man who tried to rob him.

Police say 26-year-old Matt Hearn was getting out of this truck, when a man pulled out a gun and demanded all his money.

Police say Hearn gave the man his wallet, but no money was inside, so the robber demanded Hearn drive him to the ATM.

That’s when Hearn went to the other side of his Ford Ranger, pretended to go through his bag looking for his keys, but instead pulled out a gun.

Police say the robber fired at Hearn, and Hearn fired back. When police arrived on the scene, the robber was gone.

January 5, 2007

Wilmington, Delaware

From Philadelphia’s of January 5, 2007

Man Released After Fatal Shooting of Teen

New Castle County Police had taken a man into custody after the fatal shooting a 17-year-old boy in a parking lot at the Canby Park Apartments, just outside the Wilmington city limits near Elsmere.

New Castle County Police say the 35-year-old man is a security guard and a licensed gun carrier, who was allegedly walking his dog when he was jumped by a group of teens. The man claims he fatally shot one of the three teens in self-defense, and has since been released by investigators.

Police say the boy was found shot in the upper body about 10 last night in the 500 block of Homestead Road. Paramedics say he died on the way to the hospital.

The name of the victim has not been released.

August 6, 2006

Wilmington, Delaware

From the of August 5, 2006

Charges dropped in case of man who shot father

Emotional-distress defense OK’d because of abusive history

John Eugene Latimer’s last measure of control over his terrorized family ended this week.

Prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges against Joseph Latimer, 28, who killed his father by shooting him in the head on the front lawn of his mother’s house last July.

The family then let the body sit outside, overnight, under a blue tarp for 10 to 12 hours before calling police.

On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Colleen K. Norris said that after reviewing all the evidence, dropping all charges “was the right thing to do.”

(A lengthy litany of abuse and intimidation by the elder Latimer is omitted here)

On this night, the elder John Latimer was arguing with his wife “about medication he had not been taking,” according to a court transcript.

At some point, the confrontation became violent, Jennings said, and John Latimer repeatedly threatened to kill Marie and Joseph. At one point, holding a rusty lawn-mower blade in one hand, he grabbed Marie with the other and looked like he was going to strike her.

So, Joseph then decided he had no choice, Jennings said.

He believed his father would kill his mother unless he acted, she said. He grabbed a .22-caliber rifle that his father had left at the house earlier.

Marie Latimer told police she heard a “pop” and then saw John Latimer fall to the ground. Joseph fired a single shot, hitting his father in the head.

Joseph sat in prison for four months before he was released on bond last fall.

On Thursday, prosecutors dropped the charges against Joseph.

“The prosecution is to be commended for their open-minded view of this case,” Jennings said. “Justice is not always obtained with a guilty verdict.”

She said the Latimer family can now “for the first time in their lives, live in peace.”

November 17, 2005

Seaford, Delaware

From the Delaware State Police of November 14, 2005

Pair Apprehended while Breaking into Vehicles

Delaware State Police arrested two suspects Sunday morning after they were observed breaking into vehicles in Up Country Mobile Home Park, located on Woodland Road.

At approximately 4:00 a.m., a witness observed a male suspect attempting to enter a neighbor’s vehicle. The suspect was unable to make entry into this vehicle so he went to the next vehicle and entered it. When the witness saw the suspect enter the vehicle she called 911 and her neighbors. The witness then saw the male suspect enter a third vehicle, so she went outside in an attempt to obtain the tag number of a black vehicle that was following the male suspect. The owners of one of the vehicles that the suspect had entered then exited their home armed with a shotgun and ordered the male suspect to stop. Meanwhile the witness was able to obtain the tag number of the suspect vehicle. A female suspect who was operating the suspect vehicle then yelled for the male suspect to get in the car. The female suspect then put the car in reverse and backed up approximately 50 feet. The female suspect then put the car in drive and accelerated towards the witness. The witness was not able to get out of the way of the car and she was struck by its front end and knocked to the ground. The female suspect then turned the car around and sped towards the witness who was still on the ground. The neighbors were able to pull the witness out of the way and the suspects sped off.

Troopers who were responding to the scene located the suspects inside the park and took them into custody without further incident. While searching the suspect vehicle troopers located four car stereos that were apparently stolen by the suspects.

Amber D. Kennedy, 23, of Seaford, was charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon (the car) during the commission of a felony, two counts of burglary, reckless endangering 1st degree, attempted burglary, conspiracy, and attempted theft.

Ralph J. Sutton, 17, of Bridgeville, was charged with the same offenses as Kennedy.

Kennedy and Sutton were both released on $21,000 secured bond pending further court action.

The witness, who is a 52-year-old female, was treated at Nanticoke Hospital for multiple contusions.