Man arrested in cash-for-genitals assault

December 15, 2008 4:05:30 PM PST
New Castle County Police have arrested a Hockessin, Delaware man for allegedly paying a man to assault his ex-son in law. Wilbur Eichman, a resident of the 100 block of Clover Drive in Hockessin, has been charged with one count of criminal solicitation.

Police say after the assault, Wilbur offered the assailant more money if he would shoot the victim with a high powered rifle and said he would get an added bonus for cutting off the ex-son in law's genitals.

On Thursday, December 11 around 11:00 a.m. County Police were called to the Bluffs Apartments in Newark for the report of an attempted robbery. The 44-year-old male victim said an unknown male followed him inside his apartment building. When he began to open his door, the assailant began the assault.

The victim was struck in the face as the assailant demanded money, fighting inside the door frame.

The suspect fled on foot after the victim started shouting for help. The victim sustained minor abrasions and contusions during the assault.

The next day the victim received a phone call from a man who claimed to be the assailant. The man said that someone he knew wanted the victim "hurt" and he had information he would want to hear. The victim agreed to meet the man in a public location.

When he met the man, who said his name was Chaz, the victim was told the assailant had been paid to assault him. The subject indicated the person who hired him to assault the victim offered him additional money if he would hurt him badly.

The subject claimed to have a recorded conversation with the person who had hired him and asked the victim "how much is it worth to you to hear the conversation?" The victim paid the subject $500 to obtain the recorded conversation.

The victim listened to the conversation and discovered the person's voice was his ex-father in law Wilbur Eichman. The victim then called police with the new information.

Detectives were able to locate "Chaz" after researching his cell phone number. The victim confirmed his identify through a photo lineup. Chaz (Charles Pernot, age 34) was arrested without incident and charged with attempted robbery, attempted burglary and conspiracy. He is a resident of the unit block of Lovelace Avenue in New Castle. He was later arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Prison after failing to post $33,500 secured bail.

Pernot was able to identify Eichman through a photo lineup as the man who paid him $1,200 to assault the victim. Detectives also learned Eichman offered another $3,000 to the assailant if he would cut off the victim's genitals and bring them to him.

Eichman was arrested late Saturday and charged with one count of criminal solicitation. He has been arraigned and released after posting a $500 secured bail.

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