After violent home invasion, suspects returns two days later police say

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Police said, “They forced him back into his residence and made him sit on his couch. The subjects then struck the victim on the head and stole multiple items from his residence.”

NEW CASTLE (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Police say two men who forced their way into a Chelsea Estates home Monday night returned to the same home two days later to repeat their crime. Police say the home invasion victim was forced back into his home, assaulted, then robbed of items in his home. 

New Castle County Police say the investigation began on Monday January 10, 2022 around 7:40 p.m. at the home on Jay Drive in the community of Chelsea Estates.

The 21-Year-Old victim, who was in his home on the second floor, told police that when he heard a noise downstairs, he went to investigate and saw two black males knocking on his door. 

The victim told police that when he opened the door, he saw that both suspects were armed. He told police that one of the suspects was armed with a gun and the other with a knife. Police say the suspects then forced the victim back into his residence and made him sit on his couch but after sitting on the couch, the suspects then struck the victim on the head and stole multiple items from his residence.

During Monday night’s investigation, police were not able to make any arrests, however, area video surveillance showed the suspects arriving in a red Jeep Wrangler.

Two days later, police were called back to the same home around 5:30 a.m. for a burglary in progress. A witness also in the home called police and reported that they heard banging on the door and when they looked out, they saw a red Jeep drive away.

Police said investigators were able to review area surveillance that showed the two subjects approach the victim’s residence and one of them kicked the door. The red jeep is again observed driving away.

As the investigation intensified, Detectives were able to determine that the red Jeep was being driven by 20-year-old Christopher Robinson, a student at the University of Delaware, and who resides on the unit block of Scholar Drive.  

Surveillance video of that area showed two black males matching the earlier description carrying in stolen items., police said. 

A search warrant was authored and executed by members of the New Castle County Division of Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team and officers from the University of Delaware Police Department and inside the residence, Robinson was apprehended as was the second suspect, 20-year-old Desmond Thompson, who is not a student at the University but a guest of Robinson., police said.

The stolen items from the Jay Drive residence were recovered. Illegal drugs and a handgun were also seized.

Both suspects were transported to headquarters, charged, and arraigned.

Police Photo | Christopher Robinson

Robinson was charged with one count of felony Robbery 1st degree, one count of felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, one count of felony Home Invasion, one count of felony Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, one count of felony Possession of a Firearm Prohibited with a Controlled Substance, one count of felony Theft Greater than $1500, one count of felony Possession of a Controlled Substance Tier 1 Quantity, one count of felony Conspiracy 2nd degree, one count of misdemeanor Theft Under $1500 and one count of misdemeanor Offensive Touching.  

He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $161,600 cash bail.

Police Photo | Desmond Thompson

Thompson was charged with one count of felony Robbery 1st degree, one count of felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, one count of felony Home Invasion, one count of felony Theft Greater than $1500, one count of felony Conspiracy 2nd degree, and one count of misdemeanor Theft Under $1500.

He was also arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $151,100 cash bail.

 

 

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