Police have arrested a man in connection with the stabbing death of a 26-year old woman who succumbed to her injuries Sunday evening as a result of being stabbed multiple times at the Castle Brook Apartments in New Castle.

NEW CASTLE (DE): New Castle County Police are on the scene of a homicide and have begun investigating following a stabbing of a 29-year-old woman at the Castle Brook Apartments in New Castle.

According to police spokeswoman, Heather Carter of the New Castle County Police Department, officers were dispatched to the apartment complex just before 7:00 P.M. for a cutting.

A 29-year-old woman had been stabbed multiple times in the torso and transported to an area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

While detectives were investigating they learned that the 29-year-old who was later identified as Anastasia Gear was visiting a family member in the apartment complex when she was approached by Ricardo Mendez in the parking lot. County Police Detectives developed Ricardo Mendez of the 800 block of N. Adams St as a suspect and he is known to the victim.

During the course of the investigation, Delaware State Police contacted Ricardo Mendez at the McDonald’s located at 101 S. DuPont hwy in an unrelated incident, and he was arrested by troopers for carrying a concealed deadly weapon, criminal impersonation and disorderly conduct. He is currently being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

Ricardo Mendez has been charged by County detectives with murder in the first degree and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. He will be held at Vaughn Correctional Center until he is arraigned by County detectives.

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