Delaware State Police arrested Justin Locke20, and Jeffrey Labarge22, both of Claymont, DE for Assault 1st Degree after an incident last weekend.
On Saturday, July 23, 2022, at approximately 11:41 p.m., the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Criminal Investigative Unit began investigating a felony assault at the Claymont Auto Repair located in the 3500 block of Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE. Due to the suspicious circumstances of the original investigation, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit began assisting in the investigation. During this joint investigation, it was determined that three subjects attacked a 56-year-old Claymont victim in the Claymont Auto Repair area while the victim was walking south along the sidewalk. After the attack, the three attackers left the victim lying motionless on the floor of the parking lot, where the victim remained for more than 25 minutes. A vehicle then stopped in the same parking lot and subjects were observed loading the victim into the back of an SUV. This behavior was witnessed by a passing motorist, who called 9-1-1 to report the suspicious activity.
Through various investigative leads, the suspect vehicle and three persons of interest were identified as Justin Locke, Jeffrey Labarge and Tyler Simpson, but there were no immediate reports of a victim of assault or a missing person. As investigators continued to work on the investigation, additional information was obtained that helped law enforcement identify potential search areas in the Claymont area for the unidentified assault victim. Through these steps, the body of a deceased white male was located on Citisteel USA property, located north of the scene of the assault. Following an autopsy of the victim, his manner of death was qualified as homicide. The identity of the victim has not been released at this time.
During the week of July 25e, Delaware State Police apprehended two of the three identified suspects. On July 28, 2022, Justin Lockewas arrested for assault 1st Diploma, first degree kidnapping and conspiracy 2n/a Graduated, arraigned before Justice of the Peace #2, and committed to Delaware Corrections on $100,000 cash bond. On Thursday, July 28, 2022, Jeffrey Labarge was apprehended by Delaware State Police and arrested for Assault 1st Diploma, first degree kidnapping and conspiracy 2n/a Graduated, arraigned before Justice of the Peace #11 and committed to Delaware Corrections on $1,000,000 cash bond.
Locke and Labarge, who are currently in the custody of the Department of Corrections, will be charged with murder 1st Diploma. Impeachment information will be forthcoming.
The third suspect, Tyler Simpson22, of Wilmington, DE is still pending for Murder 1st Diploma, Assault 1st Diploma, first degree kidnapping and conspiracy 2n/a Diploma.
The Delaware State Police would like to ask for the public’s assistance in locating Tyler Simpson and are warning the public that Simpson should be considered armed and dangerous.
The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating this incident. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective McDerby by calling 302-741-2821. Information may also be provided by sending a private Facebook message to Delaware State Policeby contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or via the Internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.
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