Upper Darby woman found tied up after robbers claim to be delivery men

Police and detectives on the scene of the home invasion on the 6800 block of Clover Lane Wednesday. (PHOTO: YC.NEWS/NIK HATZIEFSTATHIOU/HONG XIE)
Police and detectives on the scene of the home invasion on the 6800 block of Clover Lane Wednesday. (PHOTO: YC.NEWS/NIK HATZIEFSTATHIOU/HONG XIE)

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (YC) – Police in Upper Darby were investigating a shooting when they were dispatched to a home invasion just a few blocks away.

The shooting happened late Wednesday afternoon on the 7000 block of Guilford Avenue.

Police responded to the 6800 block of Clover Lane just after 3:30 p.m., just under 3 minutes away from the location of the shooting.

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According to reports, a black male wearing a dark blue shirt, blue jeans, black work boots and a bandanna covering his face and eyes accompanied with another black male knocked at the residence.

When the female opened the door, the men appeared to be delivery drivers and presented a box for her.

One man displayed what the victim described as a semi-automatic handgun before the two entered the home by force.

They then tied the victim up, assaulted her and searched the home for valuables before fleeing out of the rear door that leads to an alleyway.

The assailants left the front door wide open throughout the invasion according to neighbors.

Furthermore, upon police arrival, one officer noted on the police radio that the rear door in the alleyway was open.

Though neighbors didn’t notice anything at first, one subsequently heard screams coming from the residence before calling 911.

JD Slanger, a neighbor, told YC he and his son heard the woman screaming for help.

“I was in my living room doing some work on my book,” Slanger told YC. “My son then ran in and said ‘Dad! Dad! Please call the police there’s somebody crying for help in this house.'”

“I could hear it from here and she was across the street. ‘Please help! Help! Somebody please, please help.”

Reports indicate the woman began screaming after the assailants left the home, approximately 45 minutes to an hour later.

The female victim, who is in her 30s according to neighbors, was taken to Delaware County Memorial Hospital.

No arrests have been made and police have not released a description of the suspects. The description we obtained is through the police dispatch.

Sources tell YC they believe the attack might’ve been targeted as the family is well-known in the community and the husband works as a branch president at a local bank. This statement has not been confirmed.