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Man Arrested After Chasing Children with Pellet Gun 5-24-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-16842

Date/Time:   Wednesday, May 29th, 2018 at 9:00PM

Location:   900 Block of Whatcoat Drive, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department arrested 36-year-old Russell Ewell Jr. after he chased five kids with a pellet gun on Wednesday evening.  Officers responded to the 900 Block of Whatcoat Drive after a parent reported the incident, claiming that Ewell was chasing the children (age range 6-14) with a handgun.  Officers reviewed surveillance footage and observed what appeared to be a black handgun in Ewell’s possession and observed him chasing the children as well.

Officers contacted Ewell at a residence in the 900 Block of Whatcoat Drive.  At that time, officers located a black Smith and Wesson pellet gun inside the residence.  The gun did not have any markings to indicate that it was not a real hand gun.  

Ewell was taken into custody without incident and committed to JTVCC in default of $20,000 secured bond on the following offenses:
-Aggravated Menacing (5x)
-Terroristic Threatening (5x)
-Possession of Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited
-Possession of Deadly Weapon During Commission of Felony

Russell Ewell Jr.