Troopers are asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect accused of assaulting a store employee at Party City, 2101 Kirkwood Highway on Thursday.
The incident occurred at 3:30 p.m. when store employees saw Vernique Wingfield, 25, of Wilmington, and an unidentified male, in the store together. Both stood in an aisle talking together Wingfield placed herself between the male and some customers as the male removed merchandise from a display and placed it in a satchel he was carrying.
As the pair left the aisle, a 22-year-old employee told them he witnessed the theft and asked that the merchandise be returned. The male suspect grabbed the employee and punched him several times, knocking the employee to the ground. The suspect then fled from the store with the merchandise.
Store employees locked the front door of the business, and the employee who had been assaulted by the male stood in front of the door in order to stop Wingfield from leaving before Troopers, who had been called, arrived. Wingfield struck the employee in the back several times and hit the door with her body three times, causing the glass to shatter.
Wingfield was taken to Troop 6, where she was charged with robbery first degree, hindering prosecution, conspiracy second degree, criminal mischief under $1,000, and disorderly conduct. She was released after posting $5,000 secured bond.
The store employee suffered injuries to his face but refused medical treatment at the scene.
The suspect is described as a black male, 20-30 years old, approximately 6 feet, one inch, with a thin build. He was wearing a dark color pea coat
Troopers are asking anyone with information about the identity of the male suspect to contact Troop 6 at (302) 633-5000 extension 617.