Date/Time: Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 9:33AM
Location: 700 Block of Forest Street, Dover, DE
Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer
After nearly a six-hour standoff, 33-year-old Joseph Cornell was arrested in his home on Saturday afternoon. The incident began at approximately 9:33AM when witnesses observed Cornell chasing a female victim and strike her several times during a domestic dispute. Cornell then forced the victim in the home and locked the door, refusing to answer when police arrived on scene. Despite numerous efforts, the suspect refused to answer the door and the Dover Police Department activated their Crisis Negotiation and Special Operations Response Teams (CNT/SORT). The female victim and a male witness left the home voluntarily shortly after the teams arrived on scene. Despite several attempts to make contact and coerce Cornell to peacefully surrender for nearly four hours, the Special Operations Response Team deployed gas into the residence but the suspect remained inside. The team then made entry into the home despite the suspect having blocked the doorways with furniture and located Cornell in the attic of the home. Cornell was taken into custody without incident at that time and charged with Assault 3rd Degree and Resisting Arrest.
Mugshot and bond information was not available at time of release.