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Dover Man Charged with Hate Crime After Assault at Delaware Pride Day 8-21-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-26943

Date/Time:   Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 3:30PM

Location:   Legislative Mall (Legislative Avenue), Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department has charged a Dover man with a Hate Crime offense and several other charges stemming from an incident at the Delaware Pride Festival on August 11th, 2018.

At approximately 3:30 on August 11th, officers responded to the Delaware Pride Festival being held on Legislative Mall, for what had been called in as a fight.  Upon arrival, officers were flagged down by several people.  Responding officers contacted a 62-year-old male victim who was bleeding from the mouth.  It was quickly learned that Sean Wiley (31) was the suspect.  When officers asked Wiley about the incident, Wiley was shouting homosexual slurs at the victim and others at the festival and openly stated that he punched the victim in the face.  Wiley was showing obvious signs of alcohol intoxication at the time.

During the officers investigation, it was also learned that Wiley had grabbed private body parts of a 46-year-old female victim and a 31-year-old male victim who were also attending the festival.

While officers were attempting to get an identification from Wiley, Wiley swung at a Dover Police officer.  Wiley was taken to the ground where he continued to resist.  Officers placed Wiley in a patrol vehicle and transported him back to the Dover Police Department.

Wiley was initially charged with Offensive Touching (3 counts), Assault 3rd Degree, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, Trespass 3rd Degree, and Resisting Arrest (felony).  Wiley received a $3,900 secured bond on those charges.

As the post-incident investigation progressed, a warrant was obtained for the charge of Hate Crime for Wiley. On August 16th, 2018, Wiley turned himself in to the Dover Police Department and was processed and arraigned on the Hate Crime charge.

Wiley did receive a $500 secured bond on the Hate Crime charge and was committed to JTVCC, but has since been released on bond.

Sean Wiley

Traffic Offense Leads to Drug Charges for Townsend Man 8-21-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-28069

Date/Time:   Monday, August 20th, 2018 at 7:48PM

Location:   Saulsbury Road and Walker Road, Dover, DE (Traffic Stop)

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


The Dover Police Department arrested Nathan Probst (19) on drug charges following a traffic stop on Monday evening.  Officers observed Probst operating a silver BMW with expired tags.  When they stopped Probst for the violation, the odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 10 grams of marijuana, 20 hydroxyzine pills, 12 cyclobenzadrine pills, 15 alprzolam pills, 4.5 morphine pills, and 6 amphetamine pills.  Probst was arrested without incident and released on $8,900 unsecured bond on the following charges:
-Possession with Intent to Deliver (5x)
-Possession of Marijuana
-Traffic Offense

Nathan Probst

Two Arrested on Drugs and Weapons Offenses Following Search Warrant 8-21-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-27987

Date/Time:   Monday, August 20th, 2018 at 9:58AM

Location:   Unit Block of Saulsbury Road, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department conducted a search warrant at a residence in the Unit Block of Saulsbury Road on Monday morning.  As a result of the search, Eric McDonald (20) was arrested without incident on weapons and drug charges.  During the search, officers discovered a 12 gauge shotgun with an obliterated serial number, .45 caliber revolver, 1.2 grams of marijuana, and paraphernalia (small baggies/digital scale).  A second resident of the home, Patrice Anderson (28), later turned herself in to the Dover Police Department and was charged with a single count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Eric McDonald was committed to JTVCC in default of $14,000 secured bond on the following charges:
-Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number
-Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Possession of Marijuana
-Drug Paraphernalia

Patrice Anderson
Eric McDonald

Public Comments Welcomed for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant 8-21-2018

On July 20th, the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, released the approved funding allocations for the annual formula based Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program for the FY2018 Local Solicitation.  The Dover Police Department was listed as a disparate entity along with the Smyrna Police Department and Kent County, Delaware.  The total amount awarded this year is $61,504.00

As a result, the Dover Police Department will submit a joint application for the funds with the Smyrna Police Department and Kent County.  However, because the Kent County structure does not contain a law enforcement agency, the whole amount will be available for use by the Dover and Smyrna Police Departments. 

Following is a breakout of the funding and how each agency will use their portion:

Dover Police Department Amount
COBAN In-car cameras $50,327
Smyrna Police Department 0
XPR3500 Radios, Battery, chargers and Medical Trauma Kits for Patrol cars 11,177
Grand Total $59,961


The deadline for the joint application is August 22nd and will be submitted through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Program’s Grants Management System electronically on-line.  Public comments and questions are welcome.

Public comments and inquiries can be made by calling 302-736-4446 or via email at: Robin.Adkins@cj.state.de.us