Delaware State Police

Troopers Investigate Gas Station Robbery- Felton

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Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Felton- Delaware State Police is currently investigating the armed robbery of a Felton area gas station that occurred early this morning.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 12:37 a.m. today, Sunday, June 25, 2017, as two male suspects entered the Canterbury Shore Stop, located at 8953 S. DuPont Highway. One of the suspects brandished an unknown make and model gun and confronted a female employee as the second suspect acted as a lookout. The armed suspect then demanded money from the cash register. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to him. Both suspects then exited the store and were last seen fleeing in a southbound direction. There were no injuries.

The armed suspect was described as a male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, khaki cargo pants, dark shoes, and had a mask covering his face.

The second suspect was described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, black shoes, and had a mask covering his face. There is no further physical or clothing description available for either suspect. No video surveillance photos are available at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Detective Ryan Wright at 302-697-4454. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 062517 2150

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**Traffic Advisory** Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash- Update #2

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Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Newark- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has identified the 24 year old Newark man who was killed in the fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred on Old Baltimore Pike on Saturday, June 24, 2017, as Rick Williams.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police.

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Released: 062517 2125

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Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance Identifying Armed Suspect

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bear, De.- The Delaware State Police are investigating an incident in which a suspect armed with a gun fled from troopers at a local area gas station earlier this week and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying him. 

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at approximately 7:56 p.m. as troopers were called and responded to the BP Gas Station, located at 1923 Pulaski Highway, in reference to a suspicious male carrying an unknown make and model handgun.

As troopers entered the parking lot a male subject, who matched the description of the suspicious person, was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk just south of Pulaski Highway. It was at this time that the suspect began pedaling very quickly away from the troopers. A Delaware State Police K-9 unit, who had arrived at the gas station, exited his fully marked K-9 patrol vehicle and ordered the suspect to stop. After the suspect refused to follow the multiple commands of the trooper, he dispatched his K-9. 

The suspect continued to flee from the troopers and the K-9 on the bike up a dirt path and on to Thornhill Drive. As the K-9 attempted to apprehend the suspect, the suspect kicked him in the head and continued fleeing on the bike. 

As the K-9 caught up to the suspect a second time, the suspect reached into his pocket and pulled out the handgun and turned toward the trooper and his K-9.  As the K-9 attempted to reengage the suspect, he kicked the K-9 in the chest. The suspect continued traveling on Thornhill Drive before turning onto Strathaven Court and fleeing the area. 

As the trooper ran towards the suspect’s last known location he turned the corner onto Strathaven Court and observed the K-9 had the shirt of a 15 year old male juvenile in his mouth. The trooper immediately yelled commands for the K-9 to release from the juvenile and gained control of the K-9.  

The trooper immediately requested EMS to respond to the scene for the juvenile who was subsequently transported to a local area hospital where he was treated and released.  

The suspect is described as a black male. He was 5’08”-5’09” tall, had a thin build, and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, blue jean shorts, and was armed with an unknown make and model handgun. 

Delaware State Police continue to investigate this incident. If anyone knows the identity of the pictured subject or has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Troop 2 at 302-365-8370. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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**Traffic Advisory** Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash- Update

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Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Newark- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred this afternoon.

The investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 3:50 p.m. today, Saturday, June 24, 2017, as a 38 year old Middletown man was operating a 1994 Honda Accord and was traveling in an eastbound direction on Old Baltimore Pike, preparing to make a left hand turn onto Albe Drive. As the Honda attempted to make the turn on a solid green traffic signal, it entered into the path of a 2008 Kawasaki ZOE motorcycle, which was being operated by a 24 year old Newark man, and which was traveling in a westbound direction on Old Baltimore Pike, also on a solid green traffic signal. The front of the motorcycle then struck the rear right side of the Honda. After the impact, the Honda spun and came to rest on Albe Drive. The male operator of the motorcycle, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the intersection. The motorcycle continued traveling in a westerly direction before coming to rest on Old Baltimore Pike. It then became engulfed in flames.

The operator of the motorcycle was declared dead at the scene. It is unknown if alcohol or drug use on the part of the victim was a factor in the crash. Excessive speed on the part of the victim is being considered as a factor.

The operator of the Honda was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. He was then transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital where he was treated for his non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol use on the part of the operator is being considered as a factor.

Old Baltimore Pike was closed in both directions and Albe Drive was partially closed for approximately 3.5 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. No charges have been filed at this time.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline

1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

Released: 062417 2250

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Delaware State Trooper Receives Award

Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Captain Jennifer Griffin was one of four recipients of the Whitney Young Service Award presented by the Del-Mar-Va Council for the Boy Scouts of America. Each recipient was chosen for their outstanding service as evidenced by the interest and leadership he or she has given to many worthwhile organizations as well as the respect and esteem in which he or she is held by their colleagues.

Captain Griffin was selected based on a bicycle program she initiated with a Wilmington based Boy Scout Troop.  Captain Griffin identified bicycles, which had been recovered but had no identifiable owner.  After the requisite amount of time had passed, Captain Griffin donated these bikes to Scouts who could refurbish them and perhaps now have their first bike.  Captain Griffin, when presented with the award, spoke to the shared values of the Delaware State Police and Scouting and how rewarding it was to see these young Scouts be given “a bike” and with a little hard work, make it “their bike”.

“These innovative ideas are a great representation of the good work being done around the state” -Major Melissa Zebley, Delaware State Police New Castle County Operations Officer.

Released: 062417 2041

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**Traffic Advisory** Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

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Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Newark- Delaware State Police are currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle that occurred this afternoon.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 3:50 p.m. today, Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the intersection of Old Baltimore Pike and Albe Drive, and involves a passenger car and a motorcycle.

As a result of the crash, one subject has been declared dead at the scene. It is unknown if there were any other injuries at this time.

Both directions of Old Baltimore Pike as well as Albe Drive have been closed and commuters are asked to find alternate routes of travel.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is enroute to the scene and will assume the investigation. More details will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

Released: 062417 1634

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Homeless Sex Offender Public Notification

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

DoverThe following are not wanted.   This is a Homeless Sex Offender Public Notification.  If you have information that the listed subjects are occupying a residence, please call 302-672-5306.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 062317 1850

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Harrington Man Dies from Injury Sustained in Crash

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Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Milford- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that has claimed the life of a Milford man which occurred early this week.

The investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 11:24 p.m., as Cody S. Hopkins, 24, was operating a 2006 Dodge Ram and was traveling in a northbound direction on Canterbury Road just south of Blue Jay Lane. As Hopkins attempted to negotiate a curve in the roadway, his vehicle’s right side tires traveled off of the east edge of the roadway. The Ram then re-entered the roadway and began to rotate in a clockwise direction before skidding off of the roadway. It then traveled in a northeasterly direction before striking a group of trees and overturning, ejecting Hopkins onto Blue Jay Lane. The Dodge continued traveling in a northeasterly direction until it came to rest on its right hand side on Blue Jay Lane.

Cody Hopkins, who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was removed from the scene and transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital. He was later transported to he Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition before being declared dead on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Speed and alcohol use appear to be factors in this crash which remains under investigation at this time.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline

1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us

Released: 062317 1820

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Two Arrested and One Sought Following Shooting Investigation near Magnolia

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Magnolia – Troopers have arrested two and are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a third in an overnight investigation into a Magnolia area shooting complaint.

The incident occurred around 12:35 a.m. Thursday June 22, 2017, when a 9-1-1 call was received from a female at a residence in the 400 block of Cherry Drive East, Paris Villa Development stating her ex-boyfriend had just driven by and shot at the house.  None of the seven people, including two other adults and four children, were injured when the gunfire took place, although the house was struck at least three times.

The Cadillac that was used in the incident was found a short time later, abandoned on Lochmeath Way.  A Camden Police Officer observed three subjects walking along the road not far from the car and when he attempted to make contact with the trio, one of the suspects, later identified as Marc A. Romano, 27 with a last known address in Newark, fled on foot.  Juan A. Matos, 19, and Jason D. Gilbert, 19, both of Philadelphia, were taken into custody without incident.

Gilbert and Matos were both transported back to Troop 3 in Camden where they were both arrested for seven counts of Reckless Endangering 1st and Conspiracy 2nd.  Matos was additionally charged with Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony.  They were arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $28,000.00 cash (Matos) and $8,000.00 secured (Gilbert) bonds.

Marc Romano, who is the female’s ex-boyfriend and believed to be the shooter, is wanted for Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, seven counts of Reckless Endangering 1st, and Conspiracy 2nd.

If anyone has any information in reference to the whereabouts of Marc Romano, they are asked to contact Detective W. Miller at 302-698-8435.  Information may also be provide by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.  Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 062217 1720

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State Police Investigating Shots Fired Complaint

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Lincoln – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a shots fired complaint that occurred last night near Lincoln.

Troopers responded to the area of Crabapple Lane around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday June 21, 2017 after 9-1-1 calls were received about multiple gunshots heard in the area.  Upon the troopers arrival, a radio broadcast described a fleeing vehicle as a white passenger car, which was observed by a trooper in the area of Pine Road just east of Greentop Road.  The trooper was able to make a U-turn as the vehicle passed by and upon catching up to the car, it was left abandoned in roadway with the passengers taking off on foot.  Information regarding the identification of one of the occupants was located inside the white Toyota Avalon.  Within a half hour, that suspect, who was identified as Turrell D. Bowe, 25 of Milford, was taken into custody after he was located in the area.

The investigation revealed a female victim had driven to a residence in the 19000 block of Crabapple Lane sometime around 9:00 p.m. with a friend.  The female stayed in the car while the friend entered into the house.  The female heard gunshots and saw three or four subjects approach her car.  One of the suspects, armed with an unknown type handgun and a mask covering his face, opened her door and pulled her from the car and removed her cell phone before they fled the area.  The female victim was uninjured and the friend she arrived with had driven away in her car.

Turrell Bowe was transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was charged with Robbery 1st, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy 2nd, and Resisting Arrest.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $35,000.00 cash bond.

The other two or three suspects were only described as males wearing dark colored clothing with masks covering their faces (no further clothing or physical description available).  Possibly armed with unknown type handguns.

No victims of the gunfire were located.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident or the identities of the other suspects, they are asked to contact Detective M. Doughty at 302-752-3794.  Information may also be provide by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.  Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Released: 062217 1530

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