From the News Journal of February 24, 2009
Man wrangles handgun from would-be robber
When a New Castle area man found himself being held up at gunpoint early today, he managed to wrestle the weapon away from the would-be robber, a woman, police said.
The bandit, who was unsuccessful in the robbery attempt, then ran off before New Castle County officers arrived.
The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Village Apartments, county police spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro said.
Officers were called to Building R in response to the robbery report and spoke with the 51-year-old victim, who still had the woman's gun.
He told the officers that he was about to enter his apartment building when he heard someone run up behind him.
He turned around to see a woman approaching the building, so he held the door open for her only to be accosted at gunpoint.
The man was able to wrestle the handgun away from the woman, run to his apartment and call police.
The woman, meanwhile, ran out of the building and disappeared.
Officers searched the area with a police canine, but the dog lost the scent nearby, which indicated that the would-be bandit probably escaped in a car, Navarro said.
The woman is described as petite, in her early 20s, with black hair and weighing 100 pounds.
She was dressed in dark green pants, a dark green shirt and a blue knit cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 395-8110 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.