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Milford Beacon
  • Ellendale man is second arrest made in Lewes Wawa fight

  • A second arrest was made Thursday afternoon in the large altercation that occurred early Wednesday morning at the Wawa in Lewes.
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  • A second arrest was made Thursday afternoon in the large altercation that occurred early Wednesday morning at the Wawa on Dartmouth Road in Lewes.
    According to the Delaware State Police, 27-year-old Thomas A. Purnell of Ellendale turned himself in at Troop 7 in Lewes after his mother spotted him in a video of the altercation aired early Thursday morning by a local television station. Purnell is accused of assisting 28-year-old Reginald D. Glotten in fleeing from a trooper who was trying to take him into custody.
    Purnell is charged with hindering prosecution, felony resisting arrest, second degree conspiracy and disorderly conduct. He was released on $6,500 unsecured bond.
    McGlotten was arrested Wednesday morning. Police said McGlotten was reportedly acting in a disorderly manner and yelling profanities. Police said McGlotten, who was allegedly intoxicated, refused to leave the store and, when a trooper attempted to take him into custody, a struggle ensued and he was forced to the ground. Police said the individuals inside the store pulled the trooper off of McGlotten and he was able to flee the store and run across Del. Route 1. Police said the trooper gave chase and McGlotten was subdued shortly thereafter by a Rehoboth Beach Police Department officer. Police said the officer used a taser to stop McGlotten and end the foot pursuit.
    McGlotten was charged with felony resisting arrest, second degree conspiracy, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $2,750 secured bond. McGlotten was found to be wanted out of multiple courts.
    Police are continuing to investigate the altercation and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the other individuals involved. If anyone has information regarding this incident they are asked to contact police by calling (302) 644-5020, ext. 267 or by utilizing the DSP Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at delaware.gov/apps. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, online at tipsubmit.com or via text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”
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