A Wilmington Police investigation has led to the arrest of a Newark man in connection with a January 31 homicide, police said Wednesday.
At approximately 8:57 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, a Wilmington Police (WPD) officer was on patrol in the area of Second Street and Van Buren Street when multiple gunshots were heard in the area.
Arriving units located a gunshot victim in the 1100 block of Pleasant Street near the intersection of Van Buren Street. The victim, who was identified as 59-year-old Wilmington resident Aracelio Cruz, was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Officials said in the course of his investigation, Detective Bill Ball of the WPD Criminal Investigations Division developed 24-year-old Newark resident Frederick Trice as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.
He was located and taken into custody without incident by detectives and members of the United States Marshals Task Force on April 9.
Trice has been charged with the following offenses:
Murder (First Degree)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited
He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Facility on $580,000 secured bail.
Chief Robert J. Tracy