Here is a roundup of reported police activity in Kent County

Police seek public’s help finding Pennsylvania fugitive

Troopers with the Delaware State Police are asking the public’s help in finding a wanted man, identified as 30-year-old Gerald Spruell of Philadelphia.

Spruell is wanted in connection with a Friday, Oct. 20 domestic incident at a home in the 300 block of South Marshview Terrace, Magnolia, division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Troopers going to the area to investigate an alarm activation contacted a 47-year-old woman who said Spruell, her ex-boyfriend, had forced his way into her home and held her against her will in a bedroom.

Officers briefly made contact with Spruell as they arrived, but he drove off, despite being ordered to remain on the scene. Police were unable to find him, Fournier said.

Spruell is a black man standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and was seen last driving a black Nissan Altima with tinted windows and license plate cover bearing an unknown Pennsylvania license plate.

He is wanted on charges including second-degree burglary, stalking, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, offensive touching, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Anyone with information as to Spruell’s whereabouts is asked to call Troop 3 at 302-697-4454, or by calling 911.

Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at, or by sending a text to 274637 (CRIMES), starting the message with the keyword “DSP.”

Female pedestrian killed just after midnight on Route 1

Investigators with the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are probing a fatal motor vehicle crash that took place near Frederica.

Division spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the crash took place at about 12:07 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 on State Route 1, north of South Frederica Road.

Police have learned a 54-year-old Milford woman, later identified as Patricia L. Jones, was running toward the north in the southbound lanes of the road when she went into the path of a 2004 Nissan Altima, driven by a 33-year-Milford man.

The driver spotted the woman and swerved to avoid her, but was unable to do so, Fournier said. The car hit Jones, throwing her into a left lane of traffic, where she was hit again by a passing tractor-trailer.

The Nissan’s driver was able to stop, but the tractor-trailer continued on without halting. The Nissan's driver was wearing his seatbelt and was not hurt.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. Fournier said she was dressed all in dark clothing, non-reflective clothing and was not carrying a light. Alcohol is being considered as a factor on her behalf, he said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Master Cpl. Lane at 302-698-8457.

Burglars nab safe during home break-in

Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said his department is probing a residential burglary

Hoffman said the break-in took place between 7 a.m. Oct. 17 and 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at a home in the 900 block of Lincoln Street.

The burglar got into the home through a basement window, and once inside took a safe containing cash.

Police are continuing their investigation; anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7111. Tips may be left anonymously.

Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, online at or through the Dover Police Department MyPD app.

Dover pair facing drug charges following arrest Oct. 18

Officers with the Dover Police Department Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit arrested a man and woman on drug charges after executing a search warrant in the city.

Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the arrests were made at about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 during the search of a home in the 100 block of South New Street.

Hoffman identified the pair as 50-year-old Joe Brown and 48-year-old Yvonne Bradshaw. A third man, Anthony Morris, 47, was charged with violating his probation.

When contacted, Brown was in possession of 5.2 grams of crack cocaine and 21.5 grams of marijuana while Bradshaw was in possession of 2.1 grams of cocaine.

Brown is charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, possession of marijuana. possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. He later was released on a $9,600 unsecured bond.

Bradshaw is charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia and was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

Magnolia man charged in Sept. shooting

A Magnolia man, identified as Khalil-Mahl T. Hanzer, 23, has been arrested in conjunction with a shooting and assault that took place Friday, Sept. 1.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the incident took place in Building K of the Alder Park apartments at 51 Webbs Lane.

As troopers and officers from Dover Police Department arrived on the scene, some people and vehicles were spotted fleeing the area. Police learned a party had been taking place when a fight started between Hanzer and a 21-year-old man who Hanzer allegedly hit in the forearm with a handgun. Hanzer allegedly also hit a 20-year-old woman in the forehead with the weapon and a 20-year-old man in the back of the head, also with the handgun.

Hanzer fired the weapon inside the apartment at least once, Fournier said.

The woman and 20-year-old man were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Bayhealth Hospital Kent Campus and released; it is not known if the first victim sought medical help, Fournier added. There were no other reported injuries.

The investigation turned up Hanzer as the suspect, and he was taken into custody by detectives Tuesday, Oct. 17 when he was spotted leaving a home, also at Alder Park.

Police found a 9 mm handgun after searching the apartment, Fournier said.

He was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a weapon with obliterated serial number, three counts of second-degree assault, three counts of first-degree reckless endangering and three counts of aggravated menacing.

Hanzer is being held at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $154,000 cash bond.