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Troopers investigate Harbeson home invasion

January 14, 2020

Delaware State Police are seeking information related to a home invasion in the 22000 block of Danfield Drive in Harbeson that resulted in injuries to a 51-year-old man.

Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said troopers were called to the home at 7:42 p.m. Jan. 13, where they were told a white female with pink hair knocked on the side door of the residence and advised the 31-year-old female resident who opened the door that she had run out of gas. 

Immediately after, Jaffe said, two black males with faces covered entered the residence with black semi-automatic handguns. 

Jaffe said a 49-year-old woman sitting on the couch was trying to call 911 when one of the suspects took her phone. The second suspect went to the back of the residence where he encountered a 51-year-old male resident coming out of a bedroom. The suspect struck the 51-year-old over the head with a gun and demanded money. Jaffe said. The victim turned over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect and the 51-year-old male went outside, but the second suspect remained inside, arguing with the 49-year-old female who was preventing the suspect from entering a bathroom where a third woman, 21, had locked herself inside. The 31-year-old female was able to exit the residence with her two children ages 8 and 9, Jaffe said. The male victim ran back inside the house and locked the door. The suspect who had remained outside then kicked in the door and re-entered the residence. The suspect fired one round, striking a wall. Both suspects then fled the residence in an unknown direction, Jaffe said.

The male victim sustained minor injures and was treated at a local hospital. No other injures were reported.

There is no suspect information at this time, Jaffe said.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Troop 4, Major Crimes Unit, Detective C. Simpson at (302) 856-5850.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.