Here's your roundup of police activities as reported by local law enforcement agencies
Dover teen facing weapons charges in Magnolia incident
Delaware State Police have arrested 15-year-old Davion Scott after he was seen carrying a loaded weapon in Magnolia.
Department spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the incident took place at about 11:09 a.m. Saturday, April 14 in the area of McKinley Circle.
Troopers sent to investigate a report of a person in the area with a handgun spotted Scott, who matched a description previously given to dispatchers, Jaffe said.
Scott started to walk away when he saw the police cruiser but was ordered to stop.
As he did, he reached into his waistband, pulled a handgun and showed it to the troopers. He then threw it beneath a nearby parked car.
As a precaution, at least one of the troopers drew his weapon during the incident, Jaffe said.
Scott was taken into custody without further resistance, Jaffe said.
Troopers recovered a black handgun from under the car; the weapon was loaded with a magazine containing three 45-caliber rounds.
The weapon’s serial number had been removed, she added.
Scott is charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a prohibited juvenile, possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number, resisting arrest, and tampering with physical evidence.
He was arraigned in the presence of his father before the Justice of the Peace Court 7, then released to his father's custody on a $32,000 unsecured bond.
Luther Towers parking lot robbery suspect apprehended
Dover police have arrested a 49-year-old man after a woman was robbed in the parking lot of a local senior housing community.
Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said Darrell Wilson was taken into custody early Tuesday morning.
The incident began at about 9 p.m. Monday, April 16 when Wilson allegedly confronted a 60-year-old woman in the Luther Towers parking lot at 430 Kings Highway. Police learned Wilson threatened the women with a knife and demanded money.
After the woman said she did not have any cash with her, Wilson allegedly got into her car and forced her to drive to a nearby ATM to withdraw an undisclosed amount of cash.
He then forced her to drive to an area downtown, where he got out of the car and left.
Officers were able to get a physical description from surveillance cameras, Hoffman said.
However, at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, the woman was outside her building smoking when she spotted Wilson in the lobby and called the police.
Additional video showed Wilson returning to Luther Towers and going into an apartment.
Officers went to the apartment and took Wilson into custody without incident. It is not known if Wilson actually lives in the complex.
Hoffman said Wilson is being charged with a single count of first-degree robbery. Bond information was not available at the time of the department’s press release.
One man hospitalized after Dover-area shooting
Troopers with the Delaware State Police Troop 3 have arrested a Dover-area man following a shooting.
Working with representatives from Delaware Probation and Parole, the troopers arrested David I. Brown, 21, Monday afternoon, division spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.
The arrest stems from an incident that took place at about 4:51 p.m. April 16 in the 100 block of Mannerling Drive, off Route 10. Troopers arriving to investigate a shooting complaint were told a man had been taken by emergency medical services to a local hospital with a gunshot wound.
Police determined Brown had gone to the home, went inside without permission, broke down a bedroom door and assaulted a 19-year-old woman. Brown and the woman continued fighting outside the home, where the victim was shot.
Brown ran from the scene before police arrived, Jaffe said, but was arrested without incident at his Dover home.
He is charged with Assault First Degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Home Invasion, Offensive Touching, and Criminal Mischief.
He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on $75,500 cash-only bond.
The shooting remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call the DSP Major Crimes Unit, Det. Blomquist, at 302-698-8426.
Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at tipsubmit.com, or by anonymous text to 274637 using the keyword “DSP.”
Trespassing suspect charged with assault on DNREC officer
A man who refused to leave property at a local mobile home park was arrested after assaulting an officer with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control enforcement officer.
Elijah H. Peterson, 22, of Dover, was taken into custody Monday, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.
The case began at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 when troopers were sent to the Whispering Pines mobile home development in Rising Sun to investigate a report about a trespasser who was refusing to leave the property.
The trooper contacted Peterson, who was standing in a front yard; the trooper called for backup after Peterson refused to give him any information, Jaffe said.
Peterson allegedly became aggressive toward the DNREC officer and failed to follow his orders, causing the officer to use his Taser device. Peterson continued to resist and assaulted the officer as he was being placed in handcuffs.
Police also learned Peterson had damaged a window pane at the home sometime during the incident.
Peterson faces charges including resisting arrest, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, third-degree criminal trespass, and two counts of criminal mischief.
He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $6,501 secured bond.
Dover man charged in two shooting incidents
A Dover man arrested following an April 17 shooting also has been charged in a similar incident four days earlier.
Dover police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman identified the suspect as 23-year-old David Austin.
Hoffman said officers went to the area of Ann Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, to investigate a report of shots being fired. The victim in the incident told police he was driving on Ann Avenue when several shots were fired at him. He was not injured, but the vehicle was damaged.
Police were able to identify Austin as the suspect and found him after a five-hour surveillance of the area. Austin ran away when officers with the Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit tried to contact him, pulling a weapon from his waistband and throwing it away as he did so. He then surrendered and was taken into custody without further resistance.
Officers recovered the weapon, a loaded 9mm handgun, Hoffman said.
Hoffman said Austin was identified as a suspect in an April 13 shooting in the area of William and Pear streets. In that incident, someone fired on a vehicle, but neither the vehicle nor any individuals were hit.
Austin was committed to JTVCC in default of $41,500 secured bond for the following offenses:
Austin is charged with the following as a result of both shootings: five counts of second-degree reckless endangering, one count of first-degree reckless endangering, criminal mischief, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of possession of firearm by person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and resisting arrest.
He is being held at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $41,500 secured bond.
Dover couple, Smyrna man charged after bullets hit Smyrna homes
Delaware State Police have arrested three people after receiving reports of bullets hitting two Smyrna homes.
DSP spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said troopers were sent to the 200 block of Bryn Lane at about 4:34 p.m. April 14.
One woman reported a bullet went through her bedroom while a man said his front door had been hit. Neither person was hurt.
Troopers searching the area spotted Joseph Swiggert, 27, of Smyrna, walking from a field toward Mount Friendship Road. Two others, Anthony Price, 27, and Symone Brooks, 24, both of Dover, also were seen in the area.
Jaffe said a box of unused 9mm ammunition and spent 9mm, .45-caliber and shotgun ammunition were found in the vicinity.
Further investigation led to the discovery of a .45 caliber handgun and a shotgun in Swiggett's vehicle on Mount Friendship Road; a DSP K-9 also found a 9mm handgun hidden in the brush along the woodline of Mount Friendship Road, she said.
Swigett, Brooks, and Price are charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree conspiracy, two counts of criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespassing and tampering with physical evidence, police said. Price was also charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.
Swigett was released after posting a $15,001 secured bond, while Price was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $35,001 cash-only bond.
Brooks was jailed at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution, Newark, on a $15,001 secured bond.
Two arrested after girl shot with pellet gun in Harrington
Two people have been arrested after a 14-year-old girl was shot with a pellet gun and then assaulted in Harrington.
The incident took place at about 7:14 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at a home in the first block of Clark Street, reported Harrington Police Department spokesman Capt. Earl K. Brode.
The girl told officers she and others had been inside the house when she got into an argument with 18-year-old Daquan Walker of Harrington and Christina D. Morgan, 21, of Magnolia.
During the argument, Walker allegedly grabbed the pellet gun and fired several shots, hitting the girl in the leg. He and Morgan then stopped the girl as she tried to run from the house and assaulted her, Jaffe said.
The girl finally was able to escape, and Morgan and Walker fled before police arrived.
The pair surrendered to Harrington police the following day.
Both are charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment and offensive touching.
Walker also is charged with aggravated menacing, third-degree assault, second-degree conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child. He has been released from custody on a $6,500 unsecured bond.
In addition to the above charges, Morgan faces a single count of third-degree conspiracy. She later was released on a $1,500 unsecured bond.
Two facing drug charges following Milford PD investigation
Two Milford residents have been arrested on a number of drug-related charges as police completed a two-month investigation in the city.
Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten said officers served search warrants April 16 at two homes in the city.
The first was in the 100 block of Southeast 2nd Street, resulting in the seizure of crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officers arrested 35-year-old Charles E. Wise Jr., Masten said. Five children found in the home were turned over to a family member, he added.
A second warrant was executed in the 200 block of South Washington Street, with drug paraphernalia being seized at that residence. Masten said 53-year-old Pierre Addison was taken into custody during that search.
Wise is charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance.
He later was released from custody on an $8,500 unsecured bond.
Addison is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and was released on a $250 unsecured bond.
Dover woman accused of assaulting Wawa employee with hot coffee, pepper spray
A Dover woman has surrendered to police after she allegedly assaulted two Wawa employees over a sandwich order.
Tiffany Evans, 34, allegedly threw hot coffee in the face of a female Wawa worker and then sprayed her with pepper spray. A male co-worker also was hit by the hot beverage.
Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the incident took place at about 8:46 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at the 1450 Forrest Avenue location.
Hoffman said Evans had ordered a sandwich and then began to yell at the male employee as he was preparing her meal, claiming he was making it incorrectly.
The female employee told Evans to stop harassing her co-worker and that another sandwich would be prepared. Evans allegedly began to argue with the woman and then threw the coffee in her face.
The woman came around the corner of the food preparation counter and continued to argue with Evans, who then used the pepper spray.
Evans ran from the store and drove away, but police were able to obtain her license number and she turned herself in to Dover police.
The female Wawa employee was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. The male employee was not injured, but his cell phone, which was in a back pocket, was damaged by the coffee.
The Wawa store was closed for more than an hour as the pepper spray dissipated and the food preparation area was cleaned, Hoffman said. The incident resulted in about $200 damage to that space, he added.
Evans is charged with second-degree assault, third-degree assault, offensive touching, two counts of criminal mischief, terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct.
She has been released from custody on a $7,800 unsecured bond.
Two arrested when meth lab discovered near Hartly
Two Kent County men have been arrested after a methamphetamine lab was discovered at a Hartly-area home.
Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe identified the two as Narven C. Marvel, 49, of Hartly and Douglas J. Hutchins Jr. of Dover.
The incident began at about 5:54 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 when troopers were sent to the 800 block of Yoder Drive, near Pearsons Corner, to follow up on a report about drugs being manufactured on the property.
Both men were found inside a camper and were taken into custody on the basis of having outstanding arrest warrants. Marvel’s three children, ages 7, 6 and 4, also were in the camper.
A search showed Hutchins in possession of methamphetamine, while a search of the camper and yard turned up 1.15 grams of the drug as well as materials used in its manufacture.
Members of the DSP’s Kent County Drug Unit and DNREC personnel at the scene confirmed the meth manufacturing lab was present on the property, Jaffe said, but there were no evacuations of nearby homes as they determined there was no immediate hazard to area residents.
Both men are charged with second-degree conspiracy and operating a clandestine laboratory. Marvel, who also faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, was jailed at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $7,000 secured bond.
Hutchins also is charged with possession of a controlled substance, and
possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held at the Vaughn Center on a $6,000 secured bond.
Probation violation leads to arrest on drug, weapons charges
Dover police have arrested a wanted probation violator after he was seen driving through the city.
Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said officers spotted Daquan Giddens driving in the area of Old Forge Drive and Meadow Garden Lane at about 6:05 p.m. Thursday, April 19.
The officers spotted marijuana in plain view, and a search turned up a loaded 9mm handgun reported stolen out of Virginia, Hoffman said.
A search of Giddens’ home on Norway Drive, made with the help of Delaware Probation and Parole, revealed additional marijuana and digital scales.
Giddens is charged with violation of probation, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm/ammo by a person prohibited, receiving a stolen firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, endangering the welfare of a child and illegal gang participation.
He was ordered held at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on an $18,000 secured bond and a $5,000 cash bond.
A passenger in the car, identified as Romazjia Robinson charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and later released on a $2,000 unsecured bond. She also was ordered to have no contact with Giddens.