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Posted on: December 21, 2017

2nd Arrest Made in 7/29/17 Shooting Investigation

J. Brooks


UPDATE #2: 2nd Arrest Made in Shooting Investigation


 


December 21, 2017 – After a lengthy investigation, the Newark Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit has arrested a second suspect, 43 year old James A. Brooks, for a 7/29/17 shooting and robbery that occurred in the Applebees parking lot, 630 Suburban Drive, Newark, DE.  Brooks was developed as a suspect through the use of both public and private surveillance cameras, which captured a vehicle he is known to operate leaving the scene of the shooting. Detectives also received additional information linking Brooks to this incident through witness interviews and evidence that was recovered during their investigation.  On 12/20/17 officers from the Newark SWAT Team and the Criminal Investigations Unit executed search and arrest warrants at a residence in the in the 100 block of Carriage Way, New Castle, DE where Brooks was taken into custody without incident.  Brooks was subsequently video arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court 2 on the below listed charges and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $165,000 cash bond.


 


Defendant:


Brooks, James A. (photo attached)


43 years old


New Castle, DE


 


Charges:


Robbery 1st Degree


Assault 1st Degree


Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited


Wearing a Disguise during the Commission of a Felony


Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony


 


The Newark Police Department affirms that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


 


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UPDATE #1: Arrest Made in Shooting Investigation


 


July 31, 2017 – The Newark Police Criminal Investigations Unit has arrested 40 year old Thomas Ellerbe of Wilmington for the early morning shooting and robbery at the Applebee’s parking lot in Suburban Plaza. Through the use of both public and private surveillance cameras, detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle and its license plate as it fled from the scene of the shooting. Armed with this information, detectives obtained a search warrant and an arrest warrant for Thomas Ellerbe. On today’s date, at 6:00 a.m., The Newark/Middletown SWAT team, with the assistance of the Wilmington Police Department, executed the search and arrest warrants in the 400 block of North Union Street, Wilmington. Ellerbe was taken into custody without incident and transported to Newark Police Headquarters.  Evidence obtained during the searches further linked Ellerbe to the incident. Thomas Ellerbe was arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court #2 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institute in lieu of $210,000 cash bail.


 


Defendant:


Thomas Ellerbe, 40 year old


North Union Street


Wilmington, DE 19805


 


Charges:


Robbery 1st Degree


Assault 1st Degree


Attempted Kidnapping First Degree


Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony


Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited


Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony


 


The Newark Police Department affirms that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


 


Additional Details:


On Saturday July 29, 2017 at approximately 2:17 a.m. the 38 year old male victim was walking to his vehicle after closing the business when he was approached by two unknown suspects. Both suspects were wearing masks over their faces and one was armed with a handgun. The suspects attempted to force the employee to go back into the business, when the victim refused, one of the suspects shot the victim in the leg. The suspects then stole undisclosed property from the victim and fled on foot. Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder transported the victim to Christiana Hospital where he was treated and released.


 


This investigation is still on-going. Additional details will be released as they become available.


 


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Original Release:


 


Shooting Investigation


 


On Saturday July 29, 2017 at approximately 2:17 a.m. the Newark Police responded to the parking lot of Applebee’s located in the Suburban Plaza Shopping Center for a report of a shooting. Arriving officers located a male employee with a gunshot wound. Officers learned that the employee was walking to his vehicle when he was confronted by two unknown male suspects armed with a handgun. During the robbery confrontation, the employee was shot once in an extremity. The two suspects fled on foot. The victim was transported to Christiana Hospital in stable condition.


 


This investigation is in the beginning stages and ongoing. Additional details will be released as they become available.


 


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