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Keith Gibson Charged In ‘Brutal Crime Spree’ Including Elsmere Cell Phone Shop Murder – First Status Update

On Tuesday, the Delaware Attorney General’s Office announced that a Pennsylvania man had been formally charged with 41 crimes, including the murder of two people and the attempted murder, assault and/or robbery of four other victims, among other offences.

Prosecutors alleged Keith Gibson, 39, engaged in a series of brutal crimes in Delaware, killing two victims and injuring four others over the course of approximately three weeks. Gibson is also suspected in several murders in Pennsylvania earlier this year.

“This indictment exposes one of the most vicious and staggering sets of crimes I have seen in my career,” Attorney General Kathy Jennings said. “Even more troubling to think, based on what investigators revealed in Pennsylvania, is that this may just be the tip of the iceberg. We’ve assigned some of the DOJ’s most experienced prosecutors to this case and we will ensure that this man is brought to justice for the senseless carnage he has caused. In the meantime, my heart is with the victims, especially the families of Leslie Basilio and Ronald Wright. My thanks go to our law enforcement partners, including the much needed efforts of the Elsmere and Wilmington Police Departments.

“The charges in this indictment reflect the brutal nature of this individual’s crimes, as well as the significant risk he posed to public safety in our community and throughout our region,” the police chief said. of Wilmington, Robert J. Tracy. “I am proud of the efforts of our officers who responded to his latest armed robbery, who were able to bring him into custody and ensure he is held accountable for his senseless and ruthless crime spree and the harm that he has caused to so many individuals and families. ”

“This indictment was rendered through the tremendous efforts of all law enforcement partners to jointly investigate all multi-jurisdictional matters and ultimately bring a killer to justice,” said Laura Giles, Chief Constable ‘Elsmere. “We can only hope this brings some relief and closure to the families and loved ones of his victims.”

Gibson, who had previously been convicted of manslaughter and possession of a firearm while committing a crime, was released from prison on December 20, 2020 after serving a 13-year sentence. Gibson violated the terms of his probation and was briefly detained before being released again on April 27, 2021.

On May 15, 2021, Gibson allegedly shot and killed 28-year-old Leslie Ruiz-Basilio during a robbery at a Metro PCS store on Kirkwood Highway in Elsmere and stole her vehicle. On June 5, Gibson allegedly shot and killed Ronald Wright, 42, during a street robbery, and assaulted another victim.

Over the next three days, Gibson allegedly robbed and/or assaulted three other victims, including an attempted murder of one, as well as a host of weapons and drug offenses. Out of respect for their privacy, the DOJ does not name living victims of crimes. Gibson was arrested June 8 in connection with the theft of a Wilmington Rite-Aid and is currently in custody awaiting trial.

Gibson’s indictment was entered by a New Castle County grand jury and obtained by assistant attorneys general John Downs, Matt Frawley and Sam Kenney with the support of senior paralegal Stacey Coupe and social workers Donna Lindsey and Marilyn Torres. The investigation was led by the Wilmington Police Department and the Elsmere Police Department, with support from law enforcement partners from the New Castle County Police Department, the Newport, New Castle City Police Department, Newark Police Department, Philadelphia Police Department. Department, Homeland Security Investigations, FBI and ATF, plus support from T-Mobile Asset Protection and the Ruiz-Basilio family.

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The Delaware Department of Correction described the time Keith Gibson spent in their system.

Officials said Thursday that Keith Gibson is on Level 3 probation due to a 2010 conviction for manslaughter and possession of a firearm while commissioner of a crime for which he served more than a year. decade in prison. Gibson is an active trainee.

According to the agency’s website, Level 3 probation is as follows:

Intensive supervision includes at least the equivalent of one (1) hour of supervision per day and no more than fifty-six (56) hours of supervision per week. The minimum of one (1) hour of supervision per day is achieved through direct contact with the offender, collateral contact, verification of each offender’s activities (e.g. residency, employment, training and school) and performance with court-ordered treatment and community service. Emphasis is placed on supervision through increased community contacts.

When convicted in 2010, Gibson was sentenced to 6 months in a Level IV Community Correctional Center. (Level IV – Work release centres, home confinement (electronic monitoring), residential drug treatment, violation of probation centres) immediately after his prison sentence. He was released from prison and placed in Community Corrections Level IV custody in June 2020.

While in Level IV, a Violation of Probation (VOP) was filed against him for fighting with other offenders. He was found guilty of this VOP and was sentenced to an additional 6 months in prison followed by 18 months probation.

He completed his prison term for this VOP and began his probation term in December 2020. In February 2021, his probation officer filed a VOP against him for leaving the state of Delaware without permission and a capias (warrant stop) has been issued.

Gibson was returned to Delaware and placed in DOC custody in late March. He was convicted of the probation violation in late April and sentenced to 31 days in jail (time served), followed by 18 months probation.

Earlier this week, Wilmington police arrested and charged Gibson in connection with an armed robbery, police said Tuesday.

Officials said around 8:20 a.m. June 8 that police responded to the 800 block of West 4th Street in reference to an ongoing armed robbery. Responding officers conducted a survey of the area and located Keith Gibson, 39, in the 800 block of West 5th Street.

Gibson was arrested without incident and was wearing a body armor and was in possession of a loaded firearm as well as ammunition, a knife and narcotics.

Gibson was charged with the following offences:
Robbery (first degree)
Possession of a deadly weapon while committing a crime
Possession of a firearm while committing a crime
Possession of Firearm or Ammunition by Prohibited Person – Four Counts
Conspiracy (second degree)
Wear body armor while committing a crime
Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver – Two counts
Gibson was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Facility on $305,000 cash-only bond.

Delaware law enforcement sources tell First State Update that Gibson is a person of interest in the shooting death of Christine Lugo. Lugo is the Philadelphia Dunkin Donuts manager who was murdered in a robbery last weekend.

Gibson is also a person of interest in the murder of Leslie Ruiz-Basilio at the Elsmere cellphone store and the death of her mother in February. Police are also looking at Gibson in multiple murders and at least one other robbery, sources say.