The Delaware State Police have arrested three teens involved in a home invasion-style robbery that occurred last Thursday near Frankford.
Around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 two masked suspects entered a residence located in Upland Court where they confronted a 35-year-old male victim in the bathroom.
The suspects, now identified as 19-year-old Collin Vincent of Harrington and 19-year-old Jacob Davis of Magnolia, then allegedly began assaulting the victim.
Through the investigation, Delaware State Police were able to determine that the assault was not random. Earlier that evening the 35-year-old male victim had met with 17-year-old Bridget Walls of Harrington at the Royal Farms in Felton, where the two later drove to the victim’s apartment and drank alcohol.
It was determined that unbeknownst to the victim, Vincent and Davis had followed the two to the residence and remained in contact with Walls via text messaging.
At one point, while the victim was in the bathroom Walls allegedly unlocked the door to the home, allowing the men to enter.
With their shirts covering their faces, Vincent and Davis reportedly began punching and kicking the victim in the face, pistol whipping him with a BB gun, and at one point held an unknown type gun to his head before all three fled the residence with the victim’s wallet, keys, and cell phone.
After the incident the male victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.
DSP Public Information Officer Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said that the incident was not coincidence, and that the DSP is still investigating if it was a chance meeting with Walls or if she and the victim had known each other.
“Obviously we can tell he was targeted because it was an arranged meeting. It was their intent to go to the house and rob him and she was obviously the lure,” he said. Adding, “That’s still under investigation as to why a 35-year-old was with a 17-year-old. That’s part of the investigation that is continuing, so there may be other things that come about with this investigation. I’m not going to say there will be charges yet, because it’s still under investigation.”
The three were taken into custody later that day. Walls, Vincent and Davis were all charged with First Degree Robbery, Home Invasion, First Degree Burglary, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony, and Second Degree Conspiracy.
Walls was committed to Stevenson House in Milford on $7,800 secured bond, while Vincent and Collins were incarcerated at SCI in lieu of $71,500 cash and $8,000 secured respectively.
Fournier said that although there were no charges of assault, First Degree Robbery covers an assault that causes physical injury to any person who is not a participant in the crime or displays what appears to be a deadly weapon or represents by word or conduct that the person is in possession or control of a deadly weapon; or is armed with and uses or threatens the use of a dangerous instrument.
Fournier said that detectives are continuing their investigation into this incident.