Six Arrested in New Castle Following Alleged Multi-Vehicle Chase and Carjacking

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NEW CASTLE, DE — In a dramatic sequence of events, six individuals were apprehended on December 28, 2023, following an alleged multi-vehicle chase that crossed state lines and involved a reported carjacking. The Wilmington Police Department, Delaware State Police, and New Castle County Division of Police collaborated in the pursuit and subsequent arrests.

The incident began when officers attempted to stop a blue Hyundai Elantra, reported stolen and flagged for a shooting investigation that occurred on Highland Boulevard in New Castle on December 18, 2023. Instead of pulling over, the vehicle fled, leading officers on a pursuit across the Delaware Memorial Bridge into New Jersey.

In New Jersey, the stolen Hyundai Elantra was found unoccupied near where a carjacking was reported. The vehicle taken during this alleged crime was a silver Honda Accord with New Jersey plates, which subsequently returned to Delaware.

Upon locating the Honda Accord on the 800 block of N Pine Street in Wilmington, officers observed six individuals near the vehicle. Three of these suspects entered the Honda Accord, while the remaining three entered a red Kia. Following a brief pursuit, the Honda Accord crashed, and all three occupants were apprehended. The suspects in the red Kia were also arrested. In total, three firearms were discovered between both vehicles, one of which was found on a 14-year-old suspect.

The suspects from the Honda Accord were identified as a 14-year-old male from New Castle, 18-year-old Jaiden Scott of New Castle, and 18-year-old Baron Wilmer of Wilmington. The suspects from the red Kia included 18-year-old Ayden Drummond of Frankford, a 16-year-old male from Wilmington, and 18-year-old Amir Carr-Powell of Wilmington.

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The 14-year-old from New Castle faces charges from multiple agencies. The Delaware State Police charged him with one felony count of disregarding a police officer signal, one felony count of conspiracy in the second degree, and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Additionally, the NCCPD charged him with one felony count of possession of a deadly weapon (firearm), one felony count of carrying a concealed deadly weapon (firearm), one felony count of receiving stolen property, and one felony count of conspiracy in the second degree.

Furthermore, he was charged with one felony count of assault in the first degree, one felony count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one felony count of possession a firearm by a person prohibited, and six counts of reckless endangering in the first degree for his involvement in the original shooting on Highland Boulevard. The Justice of the Peace Court 11 arraigned him and he was held in lieu of $205,000 cash bail.

Jaiden Scott, 18, faces charges from three different agencies. The WPD charged him with one felony count of disregarding a police officer’s signal, one felony count of receiving stolen property, and multiple traffic violations. Additionally, the DSP charged him with one felony count of disregarding a police officer’s signal, one felony count of second-degree conspiracy, one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, and multiple traffic violations. Lastly, the NCCPD charged him with three felony counts of receiving stolen property, two felony counts of second-degree conspiracy, one felony count of disregarding a police officer’s signal, and multiple traffic violations. Following his arraignment by the Justice of the Peace Court 11, he was held in lieu of $30,250 cash bail.

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Baron Wilmer, 18, faces charges from two agencies. The Delaware State Police charged him with one felony count of disregarding a police officer’s signal, one felony count of second-degree conspiracy, and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. The New Castle County Police Department charged him with one felony count of receiving stolen property and one felony count of second-degree conspiracy. Wilmer was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was subsequently released on $9,000 unsecured bail.

Ayden Drummond, 18, faces charges from NCCPD. He was accused of possessing a firearm as a prohibited person, possessing a weapon with an obliterated serial number, and conspiring in the second degree. Ayden was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in custody on $22,000 cash bail.

The 16-year-old male from New Castle has been charged by NCCPD with multiple felonies. These include possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number, and conspiracy in the second degree. The Justice of the Peace Court 2 arraigned him and set bail at $12,000 cash, leading to his detention.

Amir Carr-Powell, 18, faces charges filed by NCCPD. These include one felony count of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, one felony count of possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number, and one felony count of conspiracy in the second degree. Following his arraignment by the Justice of the Peace Court 2, he was held in lieu of $12,000 cash bail.

The New Jersey State Police are currently investigating the carjacking incident that took place on the New Jersey Turnpike. In Delaware, the investigation is active and ongoing. If you have any information or surveillance/cell phone video related to this crime spree, reach out to the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigation Unit at (302) 395-8110 or contact Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

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As with all criminal cases, it is important to remember that these are allegations. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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