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New Castle County Police arrest student in connection with robbery, home invasion

On Tuesday, Jan. 11, New Castle County Police arrested Christopher Robinson, 20, a University of Delaware junior, at his residence in the University Courtyard Apartments, in connection with two robbery incidents that occurred earlier this week in New Castle.

Robinson, who is now incarcerated, has been banned from campus and referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

According to New Castle County Police, Robinson and Desmond Thompson, who has no connection to UD, were involved in a burglary and home invasion that occurred on Jay Drive in Chelsea Estates, New Castle, on Monday, Jan. 10. A 21-year-old male victim reported that he opened the door to his residence and was confronted by two men who displayed a gun and knife and then forced him back into his residence. They struck him on the head and stole multiple items before departing. 

Early on Tuesday, Jan. 11, police received a second call for a burglary in progress at the same residence. Area surveillance showed the same two men approach the residence and kick in the door. In both instances, the suspects were seen driving a red Jeep. New Castle County Police tracked the Jeep to Scholar Drive, and surveillance video of the area showed two men matching the description of the suspects carrying in stolen items.

Christopher Robinson
Christopher Robinson

On Jan. 11, a search warrant was executed at the University Courtyard Apartments by the New Castle County Division of Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team, along with officers from the University of Delaware Police Department. Robinson and Thompson were apprehended, and stolen items from the Jay Drive residence were recovered. Illegal drugs and a handgun also were seized.

Robinson was charged with one count of felony first degree robbery, one count of felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count of felony home invasion, one count of felony possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, one count of felony possession of a firearm prohibited with a controlled substance, one count of felony theft greater than $1,500, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance Tier 1 quantity, one count of felony second degree conspiracy, one count of misdemeanor theft under $1,500 and one count of misdemeanor offensive touching.  He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and is being held in lieu of $161,600 cash bail.

Desmond Thompson
Desmond Thompson

Thompson, who is also banned from campus, was charged with one count of felony first degree robbery, one count of felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count of felony home invasion, one count of felony theft greater than $1,500, one count of felony second degree conspiracy and one count of misdemeanor theft under $1500. He also was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and is being held in lieu of $151,100 cash bail.

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