Delaware DOJ: Wilmington area strip club is a ‘criminal nuisance’

A homicide last Sunday at the Gold Club on Rt. 13 is the latest instance of violence. Now the state Department of Justice wants the facility shut down.


Over the past four years, police have been called to the Gold Club 237 times, according to Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn. That averages out to more than once a week that police have had to respond to the club for some report of crime. 

“Shutting the doors of a business which consistently brings crime, drugs, and violence to the area is in the interest of public safety,” Denn said. 

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In addition to Sunday’s homicide at the club, there were shootings in August 2012, March 2014, May 2014, and September 2015. There have also been arrests there for vehicle thefts, drug possession, assaults, stabbings and other illegal activity.

The DOJ filed a complaint in Superior Court calling for the Gold Club to be shut down under Delaware’s Criminal Nuisance Abatement Act, which allows the AG to “eliminate locations that otherwise attract criminals, violence and the threat of violence.”

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