A spate of daylight armed robberies of Delaware banks leads to suspects in New Jersey
A suspect has been arrested after a series of armed robberies at bank parking lots in New Castle County last week, according to Delaware State Police.
Delaware State Troopers said New Jersey authorities arrested the suspect, an 18-year-old man from Camden, New Jersey, on Tuesday after an investigation conducted by authorities in three states. He is being held in New Jersey awaiting extradition to Delaware.
Between 12:30pm and 1:49pm on Friday, November 10, police responded to a series of attempted armed robberies at three banks.
The first report at Wells Fargo came in 2011 on Concord Pike in Fairfax. Police said three men wearing dark clothing and masks approached a 49-year-old man in the bank parking lot. The suspects demanded money, and the victim was forced to the ground at gunpoint.
The man was able to escape. The suspects then approached a family member of the victim, a 36-year-old woman, in a car, police said. She was able to drive away.
A half-hour later, troopers responded to a TD Bank location a mile and a half north at 4010 Concord Pike in Talleyville, where a 55-year-old woman reported her purse had been forcefully taken.
The next call came at 1:49 p.m. at the Bank of America located at 2074 Limestone Road in Stanton. A 63-year-old woman reported that she was hit in the head with an unknown object before her wallet was stolen. She was treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
In all cases, the attackers reportedly fled in a Honda Accord with Pennsylvania plates. Delaware State Police said the vehicle, believed to be stolen, was found later the same night in Philadelphia.
Police believe four or five people were involved in the robberies.
The 18-year-old suspect was arrested on November 14 in New Jersey. As of Friday night, he was still being held there.
Upon extradition to Delaware, the suspect is expected to face multiple felony charges, including gun charges, two counts of first-degree robbery and attempted robbery.
Delaware State Police are still investigating the case and looking for other suspects.
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This article originally appeared in the Delaware News Journal: A series of armed robberies of 3 banks in Delaware leads to New Jersey