Man charged with the murder of Del. woman

June 14, 2009 10:33:20 AM PDT
Police have charged a suspect in the stabbing death of a Wilmington, Delaware woman. Wilmington Police formally charged Pernell Stroman Sunday morning for the murder of Julie Gricol.

On June 11, 2009 Julie Gricol did not report for work. Concerned friends went to her apartment and there they found Gricol bleeding and unconscious. They immediately exited the residence and notified police.

At approximately 12:06 p.m. police officers arrived at the home, located at 900 West 22nd Street. There they found the victim on the floor suffering from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

About 4 1/2 hours before the homicide was discovered Tinicum Township Police stopped a 2005 Nissan Sentra for traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Pernell Stroman. Stroman was issued the appropriate traffic violations, the vehicle was impounded and he was released.

When the homicide was discovered it was learned the victim's vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Sentra, was stolen and that the same vehicle had been stopped by police earlier in the day. It was at that point Stroman became a possible suspect in the homicide.

Stroman was apprehended in a park in the 600 block of Lombard Street Saturday afternoon thanks to a tip caller informing police of his whereabouts.

Stroman now faces Murder 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree, Possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony (2 counts), and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

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