Police say they are still searching for a second suspect.
The Delaware State Police are investigating a home invasion in FRederica. One suspect has been identified and arrested.
Around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, troopers responded to the 80 block of Barefoot Lane for a reported home invasion. The investigation revealed that an unknown suspect had approached the residence and knocked on the door.
A 31-year-old male of Frederica opened the door, and was struck in the head by an unknown blunt object. As the victim fell to the floor, a scuffle ensued. The victim was subsequently held down by the suspect who then began communicating with a second suspect who entered. The second suspect proceeded to the bedroom where he removed three firearms, several boxes of ammunition and cash. Both suspects fled on foot.
The victim was transported to a hospital by a private vehicle where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injures.
While on patrol on Monday, Jan. 15, at 4:02 p.m., troopers observed a light blue Dodge Dakota fail to stop at a stop sign located on Jackson Street, Frederica. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the operator, identified as 37-year old Eric Huffstutler of Frederica.
During the stop drug paraphernalia was discovered inside of the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed a black duffel bag containing 4 boxes of 9mm, 1 box of .45, and 2 boxes of .223 ammunition. Huffstutler is a person prohibited and was taken into custody and transported to Troop 3.
A search warrant was obtained for a residence in the 100 block of Jackson Street. During the search, numerous rounds of ammunition were collected along with two of the victim's firearms.
Huffstutler was charged with home invasion, robbery first degree, assault first degree, three counts of theft of firearm, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, conspiracy second degree, and terroristic threating. He was arraigned out of Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $84,500 cash only bond.
Police are looking for the second suspect. If anyone has information, they are asked to please contact Detective B. Beck, Troop 3 Criminal Investigative Unit at 302-698-8527. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.