Here is your roundup of recent law enforcement activity

Safe foils payday loan business burglary

What might have appeared to be an easy target proved anything but for a pair of burglars Monday morning.

Dover police are investigating the attempted burglary of the Check-N-Go payday load business at 283 N. Dupont Highway, according to a statement released by department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

The case began at 1:44 am. Monday, Sept. 24 when police went to the business to investigate an attempted burglary. Officers learned two suspects broke the front door and crawled inside but were unable to open a safe.

The burglars only could be described as tall and thin, wearing all black clothing. After leaving the store, they fled toward the nearby White Oaks condominiums, Hoffman said.

Police are continuing their investigation; anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7130. Tips may be left anonymously.

Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at

Drug and gun charges filed against sleeping man

Officers with the Dover Police Department arrested a 20-year-old man after he was found apparently passed out or asleep in his vehicle.

Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said that at about 12:27 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 officers found Mykel Martin in the unit block of Greenway Lane. They contacted him and smelled marijuana, prompting a search of the vehicle.

Officers seized two grams of marijuana, a loaded handgun and a box of ammunition, Hoffman said.

Martin is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

He later was released on a $7,500 unsecured bond.

Prostitution charges levied against Kent County pair

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested a Kent County woman for multiple drug-related and prostitution charges and a Kent County man for prostitution-related charges.

FWS spokesman Sgt. Brooke Mitchell said the arrests were made Sept. 22 at a location along Port Mahon Road near the Little Creek Wildlife Area east of Dover.

Yuliya A. Rakovsky, 29, of Dover, was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance/cocaine; possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance/heroin; possession of drug paraphernalia not marijuana-related; and prostitution.

Charles T. Stelljes, 71, of Leipsic, was charged with one count of patronizing a prostitute, Mitchell said.

Both were arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover where Rakovsky was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond, while Stelljes was released on a $500 unsecured bond.

Both are pending future court appearances in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.

Magnolia home hit by gunshots

The Delaware State Police currently investigating a shots-fired complaint involving a local home.

Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the incident was reported at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 when troopers were sent to the 900 block of Peachtree Run, Magnolia.

There a 77-year-old man said he head several loud bangs at about 1 a.m. It wasn’t later he discovered a bullet hole in one of his windows.

His 73-year-old wife and 23-year-old grandson were at home at the time of the shooting, but there were no injuries, Jaffe said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Unit at 302-398-8443.

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.”

Drugs, knife found on Brightway Commons trespasser

Milford officers on foot patrol have arrested a local man after he was found trespassing at the Brightway Commons apartment complex.

Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten identified the individual as 24-year-old Skakur O. Manzo of Magnolia.

The case began to unfold at about 1:03 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 when the officer spotted Manzo at the complex, which is at 300 Aurora Place. Officers learned Manzo had been barred from being on the property and took him into custody.

A search turned up crack cocaine and a knife, Masten said.

As a result, Manzo is charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and criminal trespass.

He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court No. 7, where bail was set at $31,001 unsecured.

Wilmington rape case targets Dover resident

Delaware State Police have arrested a Dover man in connection with a Wilmington rape and robbery.

Division spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe identified the suspect as 47-year-old Frank D. Bowden.

Jaffe said the case began Saturday, Sept. 15 in Dover when two women accepted Bowden’s offer of a ride to Wilmington. Bowden dropped off one of the women near the city as planned but afterward drove the second woman to the Merchant Square Shopping Center, where he allegedly demanded sex.

The woman refused, Jaffe said.

Bowden allegedly drove to and parked in a secluded area, dragged the woman from the vehicle and sexually assaulted her. After he left, the victim flagged down a motorist who used the individual’s cell phone to call for help.
She was taken to an area hospital and treated for serious injuries.

The police investigation brought up Bowden as a suspect and he surrendered to police Sept. 28.

Bowden is charged with attempt to commit murder first degree, rape first degree, robbery second degree, and terroristic threatening.

He has been committed to the Young Correctional Institution in lieu of a $205,500 cash-only bond.

Domestic standoff results in apparent suicide

Dover police are reporting a suspect in a domestic incident that later developed into a barricade situation apparently died by his own hand.

Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman identified the individual as 41-year-old Kaaba Chambers.

The case unfolded beginning at about 11:02 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in building B of the Cedar Chase Apartments at 1700 N. Dupont Highway, Hoffman said.

Officers contacted a woman who said her boyfriend, later identified as Chambers, had threatened to kill her with a knife. After she escaped, Chambers apparently barricaded himself within.

Over the next three hours, the department’s Special Operations Team and Crisis Negotiation Tem tried make contact with Chambers using a loudspeaker, tactical phone, social media and through several members of his family.

The Delaware State Police also sent robots into the home to look inside using a remote control cameras. Most of the rooms, except for the bathroom, were checked, Hoffman said.

Finally, at about 2:53 p.m., officers went into the apartment, clearing the barricades and found Chambers dead in the bathroom.

The death was the result of an apparent suicide, although that determination is pending an official cause of death from the Delaware Medical Examiner’s Office, Hoffman said.