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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
New Castle- Delaware State Police have charged Omar Edwards, 25, of Newark, with invasion of privacy and harassment after taking photographs of a juvenile inside a New Castle Walmart.
The incident occurred on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at approximately 11:27 a.m., when troopers responded to the Walmart located at 117 Wilton Boulevard, New Castle, DE, in reference to an invasion of privacy. The investigation determined a male suspect was observed inside the store taking photographs with his cellphone up the skirt of a 14-year-old female victim without her knowledge. Edwards fled the scene prior to troopers arriving on scene. Through investigative means, troopers identified the suspect as Omar Edwards.
On January 19, 2022, Edwards was contacted at his residence and taken into custody without incident. Edwards was transported to Troop 2 where he was charged with the following crimes:
Edwards was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court #11 and released on $7,000 unsecured bond.
Troopers have discovered evidence of other potential victims in Edwards possession. Anyone who believes they were a potential victim or have information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Oakes of Delaware State Police Troop 2 by calling 302-365-8450. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppers.com.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell
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