Bank customers in Delaware have attacked the police, prompting a state of high alert, due to a series of armed robberies occurring in the parking lots of local banks in Newcastle County. Authorities are warning customers to stay vigilant as they work to locate and apprehend the suspects.
This evening, the top news story on Action News revolves around the ongoing investigation into three publicly bold bank robberies in New Castle County. All of these crimes took place within a 90-minute span earlier today. Our reporter, Gallagher, is reporting live from Fairfax with the latest updates on the search for the suspects. Customers at three banks in Delaware were targeted today in broad daylight during these robberies.
One victim was taken to the hospital, demonstrating that the suspects are willing to use force. Troopers were called to the Wells Fargo Bank on the 2200 block of Conquered Pike at around 12:30 this afternoon in response to an attempted robbery. Fortunately, a 49-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman managed to escape unharmed. The suspects then moved on to TD Bank located at 4010 Conquered Pike, where they targeted another woman in the bank parking lot, successfully stealing property from a 55-year-old woman.
From there, they proceeded to the Bank of America at 2074 Limestone Road, where they injured a 63-year-old woman by striking her in the head with a heavy object. She has been taken to the hospital and is currently in stable condition.
Detectives are now searching for four to five men dressed in dark clothing and wearing face masks. They are driving a stolen silver Honda Accord with Pennsylvania license plates. Customers are sharing that they always try to be aware of their surroundings and take note of details such as the types of cars around them in case they need to provide a description later.
Authorities are urging people to be cautious and on the lookout for anything suspicious. They emphasize that the suspects are armed, dangerous, and have already injured one victim, so it is important to refrain from approaching them or making any contact. It is believed that the suspects may have connections within the tri-state area, as similar robberies have occurred in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Officials are encouraging people to report anything they see and to remain vigilant until the suspects are apprehended. This is Brian Gallagher reporting live from Fairfax for Channel 6 Action News..