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Robbery Suspect/Dover Career Criminal Sentenced to 44 Years 4-10-2018

The Dover Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division – Wilmington Field Office are pleased to announce the successful prosecution of Pierre Downs of Dover, DE in reference to a 2016 robbery.  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 7th without incident during the search warrant.  

At the time, Downs was charged with the following offenses in connection with the September 2016 robbery:
-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

Downs was found guilty at trial of Robbery 1st Degree, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Assault 3rd Degree, Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited, and Theft of a Firearm.  He was sentenced to 44 years of Level 5 confinement on April 6, 2018.

The Dover Police Department worked with the Wilmington Field Office of the ATF Baltimore Field Division, Delaware Probation and Parole, and the Delaware Deputy Attorney General’s office (Kent County) to successfully charge and prosecute Downs in this case.

The Delaware Department of Justice handled the prosecution, with Deputy Attorney General Lindsay Taylor doing the initial review and securing the indictment, and Deputy Attorneys General Alicia Porter and Dennis Kelleher trying the case. DOJ special investigator James “Pete” Fraley played an integral part in the case, as did DOJ social worker Kerry McElwee.

Chief Marvin Mailey of the Dover Police Department was pleased with the outcome, stating “I am proud of the efforts of the officers of the Dover Police Department and of the agencies that had a hand in putting a career criminal behind bars and keeping him off our streets for a long time.  Downs was well known to the Dover Police Department and his lengthy sentence should help in keeping our city safer and also serve as a notice to other career criminals that we will work diligently to get them off our streets as well.”

“It is our top priority to see that violent felons like Mr. Downs, who disregard the law and threaten the safety of our communities, are brought to justice for their crimes,” added Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr., of ATF Baltimore Field Division. “The strong partnership between ATF and the Dover Police Department is integral to stopping violent individuals from terrorizing law-abiding citizens, and it shows in this case. I commend the commitment ATF Special Agents, Task Force Officers, DPD Police, the Deputy Attorneys General, and more have shown to this case.”

Pierre Downs

Two Men Arrested on Drug and Firearms Charges 4-10-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-11289

Date/Time:   Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 11:10AM

Location:   Parking lot of Relax Inn, 640 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department Street Crimes Unit arrested two men on drug and weapons charges during a traffic stop on Monday.  At approximately 11:10AM, Henry Ross (30) and Donald Washington (32) were stopped in the parking lot of the Relax Inn after officers observed a traffic violation.  During the stop, officers found that both subjects had capias’ for their arrest.  Officers then located 7.62 caliber handgun.  Ross was also found in possession of 2.2 grams of cocaine.


Henry Ross was committed to JTVCC in default of $50,000 bond on the following charges:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Drug Paraphernalia
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Possession with Intent to Deliver
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Local Fugitve (Capias)

Donald Washington was committed to JTVCC in default of $7,500 bond on the following charges:
-Possession with Intent to Deliver
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Local Fugitive (capias)

Henry Ross
Age: 30
Dover, DE
Donald Washington
Age: 32
Frederica, DE

Residential Burglary Dover East Estates 4-10-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-11361

Date/Time:   Monday, April 9th, 2018 between 12:00PM and 6:50PM

Location:   Dover East Estates, 1061 S. Little Creek Road, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department is investigating a residential burglary that occurred on Monday, April 9th between noon and 6:50PM.  The incident occurred when an unknown suspect entered the residence after breaking a rear bathroom window. Once inside, the suspect removed an XBOX One game system and fled.

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.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Dover Man 4-10-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-11374

Date/Time:   Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 8:57PM

Location:   N. New Street and Cecile Street, Dover, DE

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


A Dover man was arrested on drug charges on Monday night following a traffic stop.  Michael Bowers (26), was stopped in the area of N. New Street and Cecil Street after an officer observed his vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway and impeding traffic.  During the stop, a search of the vehicle was conducted and 3.2 grams of crack cocaine and 3 dosage units of Alprzolam were found.  Bowers was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Crack Cocaine, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Drug Paraphernalia.

Bowers was released on $6,250 unsecured bond on those charges.

Michael Bowers