Delaware State Trooper hurt, shoplifting suspects arrested

August 26, 2013 3:53:15 PM PDT
Delaware State police say a trooper and four suspects were injured when a van fleeing from a shoplifting scene struck a police cruiser.

It happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Home Depot in Newark. Police said a van full of merchandise stolen from Home Depot left the parking lot. The van was spotted and followed on Interstate 95.

Authorities say a trooper in a marked cruiser with emergency lights activated tried to stop the van, which crashed into it.

Troopers say the van's five occupants fled; four were apprehended.

The suspects and the trooper were taken to Christiana Hospital.

Thirty-two-year-old Umar O. Johnson and 23-year-old Johnathan Holmes, both of Philadelphia, and 38-year-old Earl Volz of Birdsboro, Pa., have each been charged with shoplifting over $1,500 and other offenses.