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Posted on: July 31, 2017

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Shooting Investigation


UPDATE: 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.



Thomas Ellerbe, 40 year old

North Union Street

Wilmington, DE 19805



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


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.


Anyone with additional information regarding this incident should contact Detective Daniel Bystricky at 302-366-7100 extension 3136 or


You can send an anonymous text message tip by texting 302NPD and your message to TIP411. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1‐800‐TIP‐3333 or via the internet at where a reward may be available.


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


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