Third Suspect Arrested in Claymont Murder Case, Victim ID – First Status Update

Delaware State Police have arrested a third suspect in a homicide investigation that began in July in the Claymont area, according to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Leonard DeMalto.

DeMalto said on July 23, 2022, Delaware State Police responded to Claymont Auto Repair located at 3506 Philadelphia Pike regarding a serious assault. The inquest was ruled a homicide when the victim, identified as Kevin Goodson, 56, of Claymont, was later found dead on Citisteel USA property.

Through investigative means, detectives from the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit have identified three suspects involved in this incident. On July 28, 2022, Justin Locke, 20, of Claymont, DE, was arrested and charged with first degree assault, first degree kidnapping and second degree conspiracy. Locke was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace of Court No. 2 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Facility on $1,000,000 cash bond. On July 28, 2022, 22-year-old Jeffrey Labarge of Claymont, DE was arrested and charged with first degree assault, first degree kidnapping and second degree conspiracy. Labarge was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace in Court No. 11 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Facility on $1,000,000 cash bond.

On August 3, 2022, Locke was charged with first degree murder. He was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace in Court No. 2 and given an additional cash bond of $1,000,000 for this charge. He remains in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

On August 3, 2022, Labarge was charged with first degree murder. He was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace in Court No. 2 and given an additional cash bond of $1,000,000 for this charge. He remains in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

On August 3, 2022, the third suspect, identified as Tyler Simpson, 22, of Wilmington, DE, was apprehended in Chester, Pennsylvania. He awaits extradition to Delaware for first degree murder, first degree assault, first degree kidnapping and second degree conspiracy.

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Delaware State Police have arrested a third suspect in a homicide investigation that began in July in the Claymont area, according to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Leonard DeMalto.

Delaware State Police arrested 20-year-old Justin Locke and 22-year-old Jeffrey Labarge, both of Claymont, DE for 1st degree assault after an incident last weekend, according to the police officer. public information, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at approximately 11:41 p.m., the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Criminal Investigative Unit began investigating a felony assault at the Claymont Auto Repair located in the 3500 block from Philadelphia Pike to Claymont.

Due to the suspicious circumstances of the original investigation, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit began assisting in the investigation. During this joint investigation, it was determined that three subjects attacked a 56-year-old Claymont man in the Claymont Auto Repair area while the victim was walking south along the sidewalk, according to Hatchell.

Hatchell said after the assault, the three assailants left the victim lying motionless on the parking lot floor, where the victim remained for more than 25 minutes. A vehicle then stopped in the same parking lot and subjects were observed loading the victim into the back of an SUV. A passing motorist saw the men loading the victim into the SUV and called 911 to report the suspicious activity.

Three persons of interest, Justin Locke, Jeffrey Labarge and Tyler Simpson, and the suspect vehicle were identified through various investigative leads, but there were no immediate reports of a victim of assault or a missing person, according to Hatchell.

As investigators continued to work on the investigation, additional information was obtained that helped law enforcement identify potential search areas in the Claymont area for the unidentified assault victim. Through these steps, the body of a deceased white male was located on Citisteel USA property, located north of the scene of the assault. Following an autopsy of the victim, his manner of death was qualified as homicide. The identity of the victim has not been released at this time.

During the week of July 25, Delaware State Police apprehended two of the three identified suspects. On July 28, 2022, Justin Locke, was arrested for 1st degree assault, 1st degree kidnapping and 2nd degree conspiracy, arraigned before Justice of the Peace #2 and committed to Delaware Corrections on cash bond of $1,000,000. On Thursday, July 28, 2022, Jeffrey Labarge was apprehended by Delaware State Police and arrested for 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Kidnapping, and 2nd Degree Conspiracy, arraigned in Peace Court No. 11 and incarcerated at Delaware Corrections on $1,000,000 cash bond.

Locke and Labarge, who are currently in the custody of the Department of Corrections, will be charged with first degree murder. Impeachment information will be forthcoming.

The third suspect, 22-year-old Tyler Simpson of Wilmington, DE, remains pending on charges of 1st degree murder, 1st degree assault, 1st degree kidnapping and 2nd degree conspiracy.

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