A Bear man was arrested in Middletown on Feb. 20 after he allegedly tried to hire a hitman to injure his former defense attorney, as well as a prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office.
David Yarborough, 28, was taken into custody by the State Police Special Operations Team in the parking lot of the Wawa at 690 Middletown-Odessa Road (Del. Route 299) after attempting to pay off an undercover detective, whom he believed to be a hired gun, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
State police set up the sting operation after receiving a tip on Feb. 19 from a man claiming Yarborough had asked for his help in locating a hitman.
An detective claiming to be such a person later called Yarborough, who initially said he wanted a person killed, but later changed his mind and requested that the person be injured to the point that they would never be able to walk again, Fournier said.
Yarborough allegedly then agreed to pay half of an undisclosed price upfront with the remainder to be paid after the job was complete.
The undercover detective called Yarborough on Feb. 20 to confirm the previous arrangement and set up a meeting location, Fournier said.
It was then that Yarborough reportedly informed the undercover detective that one of the intended targets was an attorney who had represented him in a recent criminal case. Yarborough also allegedly provided the “hitman” with the attorney’s address, as well as details about when he leaves his house in the morning and returns home at night.
Yarborough met the undercover detective at the Middletown Wawa at 3:20 p.m. and provided him an undisclosed amount of money, Fournier said.
At that time, he allegedly provided the “hitman” with the name and address of a second attorney that he also wanted harmed, who turned out to be a prosecutor in the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.
Yarborough and the undercover trooper then rode to the homes of the two intended targets before returning to the Wawa, where he was arrested.
Yarborough is charged with two counts each of attempted assault, criminal solicitation and stalking.
He is currently being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna on a $130,000 cash bond, Fournier said.
A spokesman for the Delaware Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday that Yarborough was arrested on four separate occasions between January and October 2012.
He is facing 31 separate charges stemming from those incidents, including 10 counts of theft, eight counts of burglary, four counts of conspiracy, three counts of criminal mischief, two counts of attempted theft, two counts of insurance fraud and one count each of receiving stolen property and harassment.
In one of those cases, Yarborough and another man are accused of burglarizing five homes in the Dover area, according to Delaware State Police