Arrest Made In Kidnapping, Assault, and Torture of Elderly Man-Seeking Male Suspect

Incident #: 50-14-9313      Date/Time: Thursday, April 17th at 12:45AM

Location: 700 Block of South Halsey Road, Dover

Update:  The Dover Police Department arrested 33-year-old Shirley Smith on Thursday afternoon after receiving an anonymous tip of her location from a citizen who learned of the case via the Dover Police Department’s social media platforms.  Smith was arrested shortly after 5:00PM at the intersection of McKee Road and College Road.  After a brief struggle with arresting officers, Smith was successfully taken into custody.  At the time of this release, bond information was not available.  The department is now seeking the male suspect involved in this case.  The photo released earlier today that displayed a person of interest has been cleared in the investigation.  The male suspect has since been identified as Timothy Safford (38) of Dover.  The last known address of Safford is 1289 Walker Road (Liberty Court Apartments).

Anyone with any information should contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111. You may also submit an anonymous tip with Delaware Crime Stoppers by phone at: 1-800-847-3333 or online at: http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Timothy Safford Age: 38 Pending Charges: Kidnapping 1st Degree Robbery 1st Degree Assault 1st Degree Possession of a Deadly Weapon During Commission of a Felony Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited Conspiracy 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief Under $1,000.00 Theft of a Motor Vehicle

Timothy Safford
Age: 38
Pending Charges:
Kidnapping 1st Degree
Robbery 1st Degree
Assault 1st Degree
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited
Conspiracy 2nd Degree
Criminal Mischief Under $1,000.00
Theft of a Motor Vehicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Narrative:
The Dover Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating an early morning home invasion that resulted in the assault of an 82-year-old man. Officers responded to the residence at 7:35AM after receiving a 911 call from the victim stating he was robbed. The victim advised he arrived at his residence at approximately 12:45AM returning from a Dover restaurant. When he arrived at his home, he was confronted by Shirley Smith (33), and an unknown black male. Smith is reported to be an acquaintance of the victim. The victim advised he was forced from his vehicle and into his home, where he was then thrown to the ground, face down. The suspects then forced the victim to the rear bedroom of the residence and tied his hands behind his back and bound his legs and feet together using wires and cords from various items in the victims residence. The suspects then held a cutting object, possibly a knife, to the victim’s ear and demanded money from him. The victim provided the suspects with his bank card and information, as well as the location of cash in his vehicle. The suspects then cut the victim’s ear, and threatened to cut the victim’s ear off if he did not cooperate further. The victim was also stabbed numerous times in the back/torso area from the suspects. It is believed that the suspects may have used the victim’s kitchen knives in the assault/stabbing. During the incident, the suspects also stole the victims vehicle keys to a 2002 Buick LeSabre to flee the scene. The vehicle was later recovered in the 200 block of North Governors Boulevard, located in the Capitol Park housing development on Bay Road. The victim was able to free himself after being tied up for nearly seven hours prior to calling 911 for assistance. The victim is currently being treated for his injuries at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital and is expected to fully recover from his injuries. The Dover Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit has developed Shirley Smith (30) as the female suspect in the incident. A photo and pending charges are shown below.

Shirley Smith Age: 30 Charges: Kidnapping 1st Degree Robbery 1st Degree Assault 1st Degree Possession of a Deadly Weapon During Commission of a Felony Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited Conspiracy 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief Under $1,000.00 Theft of a Motor Vehicle Bond: Not available at time of press release

Shirley Smith
Age: 30

Charges:
Kidnapping 1st Degree
Robbery 1st Degree
Assault 1st Degree
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited
Conspiracy 2nd Degree
Criminal Mischief Under $1,000.00
Theft of a Motor Vehicle

Bond: Not available at time of press release

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Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notification 4-17-2014

The following image contains the newest Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notification for the City of Dover.  If there any questions or concerns, please contact the Dover Police Sex Offender Enforcement Unit.


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Police Seeking Two Suspects After Elderly Man is Kidnapped, Bound, and Tortured in Home Invasion

Incident #: 50-14-9313   Date/Time: Thursday, April 17th at 1245AM

Location: 700 Block of South Halsey Road, Dover

Narrative: 
The Dover Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating an early morning home invasion that resulted in the assault of an 82-year-old man.  Officers responded to the residence at 7:35AM after receiving a 911 call from the victim stating he was robbed.  The victim advised he arrived at his residence at approximately 12:45AM returning from a Dover restaurant.  When he arrived at his home, he was confronted by Shirley Smith (33), and an unknown black male.  Smith is reported to be an acquaintance of the victim.  The victim advised he was forced from his vehicle and into his home, where he was then thrown to the ground, face down.  The suspects then forced the victim to the rear bedroom of the residence and tied his hands behind his back and bound his legs and feet together using wires and cords from various items in the victims residence.  The suspects then held a cutting object, possibly a knife, to the victim’s ear and demanded money from him.  The victim provided the suspects with his bank card and information, as well as the location of cash in his vehicle.  The suspects then cut the victim’s ear, and threatened to cut the victim’s ear off if he did not cooperate further.  The victim was also stabbed numerous times in the back/torso area from the suspects.  It is believed that the suspects may have used the victim’s kitchen knives in the assault/stabbing.  During the incident, the suspects also stole the victims vehicle keys to a 2002 Buick LeSabre to flee the scene.  The vehicle was later recovered in the 200 block of  North Governors Boulevard, located in the Capitol Park housing development on Bay Road.  The victim was able to free himself after being tied up for nearly seven hours prior to calling 911 for assistance.  The victim is currently being treated for his injuries at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital and is expected to fully recover from his injuries.  The Dover Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit has developed Shirley Smith (30) as the female suspect in the incident.  A photo and pending charges are shown below.  Anyone with any information should contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111. You may also submit an anonymous tip with Delaware Crime Stoppers by phone at: 1-800-847-3333 or online at: http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Shirley Smith Age: 33 Pending Charges: Kidnapping 1st Degree Robbery 1st Degree Assault 1st Degree Possession of a Deadly Weapon During Commission of a Felony Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited Conspiracy 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief Under $1,000.00 Theft of a Motor Vehicle

Shirley Smith
Age: 33
Address: 100 Block Morris Drive, Dover (Last Known)Pending Charges:
Kidnapping 1st Degree
Robbery 1st Degree
Assault 1st Degree
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited
Conspiracy 2nd Degree
Criminal Mischief Under $1,000.00
Theft of a Motor Vehicle 

 

 

 

 

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Gold Alert Cancelled, Elderly Man Found at Local Hospital

Update:  Severn Richardson was found at approximately 4:35PM on Wednesday, April 16th at the Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital.  The Dover Police Department is now canceling the Gold Alert that was issued for Richardson.

 

Incident#: 50-14-9256   Date/Time: Wednesday, April 16th at 2:00PM

Location: 800 Block Forrest Avenue, Dover, DE

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has issued a Gold Alert for an elderly Dover man who was reported missing on Wednesday afternoon. Severn Richardson (Age 85) was reported missing by his spouse on Wednesday, April 16th, at approximately 2:00PM after he walked away from his residence located in the 800 block of Forrest Avenue in Dover at 12:00PM. Richardson’s mental condition is such that authorities are concerned for his well being. Richardson was last seen wearing a green hat, dirty suit jacket, red/white/black checkered shirt, tan pants, and grey/blue sneakers. He is a black male, listed as 5’9″ and 165 pounds. If Richardson is seen or located, local authorities should be contacted immediately or contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111.

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Dover Police Issue Gold Alert for Elderly Dover Man 4-16-2014

Incident#:  50-14-9256   Date/Time: Wednesday, April 16th at 2:00PM

Location:  800 Block Forrest Avenue, Dover, DE

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has issued a Gold Alert for an elderly Dover man who was reported missing on Wednesday afternoon.  Severn Richardson (Age 85) was reported missing by his spouse on Wednesday, April 16th, at approximately 2:00PM after he walked away from his residence located in the 800 block of Forrest Avenue in Dover at 12:00PM. Richardson’s mental condition is such that authorities are concerned for his well being.  Richardson was last seen wearing a green hat, dirty suit jacket, red/white/black checkered shirt, tan pants, and grey/blue sneakers.  He is a black male, listed as 5’9″ and 165 pounds.  If Richardson is seen or located, local authorities should be contacted immediately or contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111.

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Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notifications 4-16-2014

The following images contain the newest Megan’s Law Sex Offender Notifications for the City of Dover.  If there any questions or concerns, please contact the Dover Police Sex Offender Enforcement Unit.


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Dover Police Seek Sex offender for Failing to Re-Register

Incident #: 50-14-8717   Date/Time: Friday, April 11th at 12:42PM

 

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Two New York Men Arrested On Drug Charges at Super Lodge Motel 4-15-2014

Incident #: 50-14-8712   Date/Time: Friday, April 11th at 11:58AM

Location: Superlodge Hotel, 246 North DuPont Highway, Dover

Narrative:
Two New York men are facing several drug related charges after being arrested by the Dover Police Department on Friday, April 11th.  Acting on an anonymous tip, Dover Police Department’s Drug, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit (DVOC) conducted surveillance at the Super Lodge Motel located at 246 North DuPont Highway.  The DVOC unit executed a search warrant and took Darel Fleming and Keith Golden, both of Brooklyn, New York, into custody.  officers located a total of 4.6 grams of crack cocaine, 43.8 grams of marijuana, and 16 Endocet pills inside the motel room.  Photos of Fleming and Golden were unavailable at the time of this release.

Darel Fleming:

  • Age: 26
  • Address: 500 Block Osborn Street, Brooklyn, NY
  • Possession with intent to deliver cocaine
  • Possession with intent to deliver marijuana
  • Possession with intent to deliver Endocet
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Conspiracy 2nd degree
  • Bond: $16,500 Unsecured

Keith Golden:

  • Age: 23
  • Address: 200 Block Winthrop Street, Brooklyn, NY
  • Possession with intent to deliver cocaine
  • Possession with intent to deliver marijuana
  • Possession with intent to deliver Endocet
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Conspiracy 2nd degree
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Bond: $17,500 Unsecured

 

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Dover Police Unit Feature: Communications Section (National Public Safety Tele-Communicators Week)

The Dover Police Department would like to recognize the unsung heroes of the police department, our 9-1-1 Dispatchers. This week marks National Public Safety Tele-Communicators week. The Dover Police Department employs 12 dispatchers who answered 113,139 calls in 2013.  36,870 of those calls were received on 911 emergency lines. The call center handles an average of 310 calls on a daily basis and logged over 42,000 calls for service. Not only are the dispatchers responsible for taking calls, they also communicate information to our officers, monitor the downtown surveillance cameras, and perform functions such as filing/logging arrest warrants and much more. Thank you to our 911 dispatchers for all of your hard work!  Click here to learn more about this vital unit.

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Large Brawl at Tom’s Bullpen, Multiple Police Agencies Assist 4-15-2014

Incident #: 50-14-8990   Date/Time: Monday, April 14th at 1:13AM

Location: Tom’s Bullpen (Hamlet Shopping Center) 1035 Walker Road, Dover

Narrative:
  The Dover Police Department responded to a large fight at Tom’s Bullpen in the Hamlet Shopping Center early Monday morning, after a Sunday night party.  Officers were notified of the incident by security at the establishment.  Upon arrival, Dover Police Officers observed two females (Quameisha Loper and Jalisa Robinson) involved in a fight, surrounded by a large crowd in the parking lot.  Officers attempted to take both females into custody and they both fought the officers efforts.  After a brief struggle with the women, they were successfully taken into custody and placed into separate patrol vehicles.  While inside of the vehicle, Loper kicked out the rear window of the police vehicle, causing an estimated $500 damage to the window of the cruiser.

At this point, another female (Broque Benson) became angry that Robinson was under arrest and became disorderly with the Dover Police Officers, refusing to leave the area after numerous warnings.  As officers attempted to take Benson into custody, she too pulled away, resisting the officers attempts to effect an arrest.

During the incident, another female subject (Shannon Peace) became upset when she saw Loper in the back of the patrol vehicle and began punching the side of the patrol car, shouting various profanities.  As officers made contact with Shannon Peace and attempted to take her into custody, she too refused to comply, resisting arrest by the Dover Police Officers.  After being subdued by pepper spray, Peace was successfully taken into custody.

Due to the large crowd that heavily outnumbered law enforcement on scene, officers attention was diverted from their patrol vehicles for a brief moment.  During that time, Margarita Martinez, the mother of Quameisha Loper, assaulted Jalisa Robinson during the incident.  Martinez had to be physically removed from the vehicle by officers and taken into custody.

Dover Police Units were on scene within 2 minutes and 30 seconds of the initial call.  Approximately four minutes later, assistance was requested form outside agencies, with an additional call going out 6 minutes later.  Officers from the Delaware State Police (Troop 3 and Troop 9), Delaware State University Police and Smyrna Police Department were sent to assist the Dover Police Department with the incident.  The situation was placed under control at approximately 1:32AM, nearly 20 minutes after the initial call.  Police were able to clear the scene at approximately 1:55AM.  A total of 9 officers from the Dover Police Department responded to the scene.  It is unknown how many officers from other agencies responded to the scene.  During the incident, officers reported being pulled from behind by unknown persons, while attempting to make arrests and witnessed numerous other fights/altercations amongst the estimated 250-300 people that were present in the parking lot.  The Dover Police Department would like to thank our partners from outside agencies for their assistance in this incident.

Broque Benson (Photo Unavailable):

  • Age 25
  • Charges: Public Intox., Disorderly Conduct, Resiting Arrest, Riot
  • Bond: $1700 Unsecured
Jalisa Robinson Age: 23 Charges: Disorderly Conduct Resisting Arrest Riot

Jalisa Robinson
Age: 23
Charges:
Disorderly Conduct
Resisting Arrest
Riot
Bond: $1600 Unsecured

Margarita Martinez Age: 39 Charges: Public Intoxication Disorderly Conduct Resisting Arrest Assault 3rd Degree Riot

Margarita Martinez
Age: 39
Charges:
Public Intoxication
Disorderly Conduct
Resisting Arrest
Assault 3rd Degree
Riot
Bond: $2200 Unsecured

Quameisha Loper Age: 23 Charges:  Disorderly Conduct Criminal Mischief Under $1000 (Police Vehicle Damage) Resisting Arrest Riot

Quameisha Loper
Age: 23
Charges:
Disorderly Conduct
Criminal Mischief Under $1000 (Police Vehicle Damage)
Resisting Arrest
Riot
Bond: $2100 Unsecured

Shannon Peace Age: 30 Charges: Public Intoxication Disorderly Conduct Resisting Arrest Riot

Shannon Peace
Age: 30
Charges:
Public Intoxication
Disorderly Conduct
Resisting Arrest
Riot
Bond: $1700 Unsecured

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