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Man Arrested on Firearms Charges at Dover Mall 3-12-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-7995

Date/Time:   Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 5:03PM

Location: Dover Mall, 1365 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

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


On Saturday, March 10th, Dover Police officers responded to the Dover Mall in response to a report of a suspect carrying a handgun at approximately 5:03PM.  Upon arrival, officers observed a silver Buick LeSabre matching a description provided in the call.  Officers checked the vehicle, but it was unoccupied.  Officers then canvassed the interior  of the mall, searching for the suspect.  During that time, officers observed Jawan Custis with another male subject walking through he food court area and exiting in the lot where their vehicle was parked.  Officers observed Custis and the other subject walking between vehicles and noticed that Custis quickly squatted down between two vehicles.  Custis then removed a handgun from his pants and hid it under a vehicle.  Officers quickly approached Custis and took him into custody without incident.  Upon checking underneath the vehicle where Custis squatted, officers located a loaded .380 handgun.  During the investigation, it was also determined that Custis was under the influence of alcohol and had been driving the Buick LeSabre.  

Custis was committed to JTVCC in default of $8,800 secured bond on the following charges:
-Possession of a Firearm While Under the Influence
-Possession of a Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Breach of Release Bond Conditions 

Jawan Custis
Felton, DE