A 19-year-old Upper Darby Township man who allegedly tried to strike a high school teacher with a claw hammer during a classroom robbery is a suspect in several other thefts, police said Wednesday.
Michael J. Chitwood, police superintendent in the Delaware County township, said Darlington James was prowling the second-floor halls of Upper Darby High School after dismissal Tuesday.
Darlington, who is not a student, entered the classroom of a 32-year-old teacher who was alone in her room. He grabbed her, forced her to the ground, and then tried to hit her with the hammer, according to court documents.
The teacher, whom police would not identify, began to scream. Darlington then took her personal Apple computer and ran from the room, the teacher in chase. Two other teachers joined in the pursuit, police said.