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Robbery Suspect Arrested During Search Warrant 10-10-16

Incident/Complaint#:  50-16-32292

Date/Time:  Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 11:15PM

Location:   100 Block of West Loockerman Street, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department arrested Pierre Downs for charges relating to a September 23rd robbery on Friday, October 7th.  Officers executed a search warrant at Downs home in the 100 Block of N. Queen Street which led to the arrest of Downs.

Officers originally contacted the victim of the robbery at a nearby hospital when an assault victim arrived for medical treatment.  The victim advised that he was threatened by a group of suspects in the 100 Block of West Loockerman Street and was then struck multiple times by unknown suspects.  The victim, who was beaten unconscious, stated that the suspects also removed his wallet, cash, cellphone, and a firearm from his vehicle.  Downtown surveillance cameras showed the assault and also showed Pierre Downs as the suspect who stole the firearm from the vehicle.

Downs was arrested on October 10th without incident during the search warrant.  The investigation remains open as officials work to identify the other suspects involved.  Three other men were taken into custody during the search warrant and issued criminal summons for drug paraphernalia or possession of marijuana charges.

Downs was committed to JTVCC in default of $40,000 cash and $5,000 secured bonds on the following charges:
-Robbery 1st Degree
-Assault 2nd Degree
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Theft of Firearm
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Theft Under $1,500
-Possession of Switch Blade
-Possession of Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited

Pierre Downs
Pierre Downs




Burglary at Dover Express Convenience Store 10-10-16

Incident/Complaint#:  50-16-34141

Date/Time:  Monday, October 10, 2016 at 2:07AM

Location:  Dover Express, 133 Saulsbury Road, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department is investigating a burglary at Dover Express that occurred at 2:07AM on Monday morning.  The incident occurred when a male suspect used a tool (possibly a tire iron or similar shaped tool), to break the front window to the business located at 133 Saulsbury Road.  Once inside, the suspect removed a register containing an undisclosed amount of cash and fled north.  The cash register was later located by responding officers in a field just north of the business.  The suspect appears to be a heavyset male wearing dark clothing and white latex gloves.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on-line at http://www.tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile App

Surveillance image of the suspect
Surveillance image of the suspect