A 38-year-old Wilmington woman who pulled a gun on a trooper conducting a shoplifting investigation is facing felony charges, Delaware State Police said Tuesday.
According to authorities, troopers were dispatched to the Walmart at 1251 Centerville Road in the Prices Corner area around 11:20 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020, for reports that Kaye L. Baltimore had shoplifted from the store.
Police said they located Baltimore in her Hyundai Elantra, and she turned over her ID with her address and admitted to stealing, but refused to exit her vehicle and fled the parking lot. Troopers said they then located her at her address listed on her ID--in the Colonial Court Apartments at 1401 Maryland Avenue.
Police boxed in her vehicle, they said, at which point Baltimore began yelling at them from an open window that she wasn't coming out and pointed a handgun at the trooper. The trooper moved his vehicle from that location, and Baltimore exited the apartment building and again entered her vehicle and fled, nearly striking two troopers who been positioned nearby, according to authorities.
Following a brief pursuit that was discontinued for safety concerns, Baltimore turned herself in at Dover Police headquarters later that afternoon. A search warrant executed at her residence revealed a silver toy revolver, police said.
She was turned over to Delaware State Police and charged with aggravated menacing, two counts first-degree reckless endangering, resisting arrest, and shoplifting. She was released on $21,000 unsecured bond.
Authorities said, after she was released, she refused to exit the lobby of the police station, and began repeatedly yelling and causing a disturbance, even after being asked to leave--then tried starting a fire with paper from a trash can, and began throwing objects, causing damage to the interior of the lobby.
Baltimore was again arrested and additionally charged with attempting to commit reckless burning, criminal mischief, criminal nuisance, and loitering. She was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in lieu of $2,500 cash bond.