Sergeant Paul Shavack


DSP News Release: Suspect in Seaford Robbery Dies in Fatal Vehicle Crash


Location of Robbery:  Middleford Deli, 10056 Middleford Road, Seaford, DE


Location of Fatal Crash: Oak Road (CR 594) south of Seashore Highway (SR 18) 3 miles east of Bridgeville, DE


Date of Occurrence:  Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. (Robbery)

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:15 p.m. (Fatal Crash)




-56 year old Georgetown, DE female (Deli Employee)


-Brad Cooper, 33, Seaford, DE (suspect in robbery, victim of fatal crash)



Seaford- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the strong arm robbery of a deli employee committed by a Seaford man who later was the victim of a fatal motor vehicle accident last night.


The events began at approximately 9:00 p.m. as a 56 year old female employee of the Middleford Deli located in the 10,000 block of Middleford Road in Seaford, was walking across the parking lot of the store after getting off of work. The victim was then approached by a male suspect who knocked her to the ground and grabbed her purse. The suspect then fled the area on foot. The victim, who suffered minor injuries, advised responding troopers that she recognized the suspect as Brad Cooper, 33, who resided on Old Furnace Road in Seaford. A Delaware State Police K-9 and his handler were brought to the scene and conducted a track from the parking lot of the deli which led to suspect Cooper’s residence. However, Cooper was not located.


At approximately 9:15 p.m. troopers responded to a serious motor vehicle crash on Oak Road south of Seashore Highway east of Bridgeville. The investigation into the crash revealed that Brad Cooper was operating a 1994 Ford Ranger and was traveling northbound on Oak Road approaching a curve in the roadway. Cooper failed to negotiate the curve and drifted into the southbound lane where his vehicle ran head on into a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo which was being operated by Ricardo Sandoval, 40, of Bridgeville, DE.


Brad Cooper was transported from the scene by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His body was turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. A passenger in Brad Cooper’s vehicle, Chad Cooper, 33, of Seaford, was flown by helicopter to the Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE where he has been admitted in critical condition. Troopers located the purse stolen from the victim of the Seaford robbery inside of Cooper’s vehicle.


Ricardo Sandoval and two passengers in his vehicle, also from Bridgeville, were all transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital where they are being treated for their injuries which are not considered life threatening.


Oak Road was closed for approximately three hours as the accident was investigated and cleared. The investigation into the crash as well as the robbery is on-going at this time.



Released Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 7:20 a.m.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 06-Apr-2011 10:07:47 EDT
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