Sergeant Paul Shavack


DSP News Release: Troopers Investigate Strong-Arm Robbery



  • Parking lot of Kmart, 4700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE


Date of Occurrence:

  • Friday, June 8, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.



  • 69 year old Wilmington, DE female


Defendant, Charge, and Arraignment Information:

  • Charles A. Zingo, 49, Wilmington, DE (pictured)
  • Robbery 1st Degree
  • Arraigned at JP Court 11 and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution for lack of $25,000.00 secured bail.



Pike Creek- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Wilmington man following the strong-arm robbery of a woman in a Pike Creek area shopping center.


The incident happened at approximately 4:30 p.m. yesterday (6/8) as a 69 year old Wilmington, DE female was walking to her car in the parking lot of the Kmart Store located in the Pike Creek Shopping Center in the 4700 block of Limestone Road, Wilmington. The victim was then approached by a male suspect who grabbed her purse in an attempt to wrestle it away from her. The victim however, refused to turn over the purse, and became involved in a struggle with the suspect. The suspect eventually succeeded in obtaining the purse at which time he fled from the parking lot. The victim suffered minor injuries however, she refused medical treatment.


Delaware State Troopers with the assistance of officers from the New Castle County Police Department began searching for the suspect. A short time later, a male subject matching the description of the suspect was observed by a New Castle County officer emerging from a wooded area on Skyline Drive a short distance from the shopping center. The subject then entered a car and began to leave the area. Officers then conducted a vehicle stop of the car and took the male operator, later identified as Charles A. Zingo, into custody without incident. He was subsequently positively identified as the suspect who had committed the robbery.


Charles Zingo was arrested and charged with one count of first degree robbery. He was arraigned at JP Court 11 and then committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institution for lack of bail.


Released Saturday, June 09, 2012 at 1:50 p.m.


Last Updated: Thursday, 05-Jul-2012 15:48:11 EDT
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