Suspect in elderly home invasion arrested

February 20, 2009 7:34:15 AM PST
A Delaware man has been arrested and charged in the home invasion and attempted robbery of an elderly woman.New Castle County Police say 39-year-old Michael Hallett of Claymont, Delaware, has been charged with robbery and burglary-related offenses.

Police say, back on February 12th, Hallett knocked on the door of the 75-year-old woman in Claymont, and asked if he could do yard work to earn money because he had recently lost his job and needed to buy diapers for his child. Investigators say the woman agreed to pay him $30 to rake leaves.

After he completed the chore and was paid, police say Hallett complained and asked for more money. She refused to give him any.

Around 10:30 p.m., police say Hallett returned to the woman's home and asked to use her phone, claiming his car had broken down. He used the phone, and when the victim reached out to get it back, authorities say Hallett grabbed the woman by the arm and forced his way inside.

Police say Hallett implied he had a weapon, but did not display one, and threatened to kill the woman if she didn't give him money.

Then, the elderly woman allegedly hit Hallett on the head with the phone, then hit him in the body with a broom handle.

Police say Hallett continued into the home, while the woman locked herself in another room and called 911. Hallett escaped before police arrived. Officers found an purse turned upside down, but the victim did not think anything was removed.

After releasing a composite sketch of the suspect, an officer received a tip indicating Hallett was hanging out at a local car wash on Route 13 near Delaware City.

Police arrived at the scene, and say Hallett tried to escape on a dirt bike. Officers say Hallett drove directly at an officer, who was armed with a TASER. Hallett was hit by the device, and fell to the ground where he was handcuffed.

Hallett has been charged with attempted robbery, burglary in the first degree, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and terroristic threatening.

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