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Smyrna Man Arrested After Head-Butting Officer 10-7-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-25237

Date/Time:  Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 at 1:39 p.m.

Location:  Magic 7, 443 S. New Street, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us


The Dover Police Department arrested Earl Ruff (42) following a shoplifting incident on Tuesday, October 6th.  At approximately 1:39 p.m., officers responded to the Magic 7 convenience store at 443 S. New Street for a shoplifting complaint.  The employee told officers that Ruff attempted to steal an item from the store and provided his description.  Another officer in the area saw Ruff in the 300 Block of S. Governors Avenue and contacted him.  Ruff refused to provide his information to the officers investigating the incident and when officers attempted to take him into custody, Ruff resisted.  Ruff pulled away from officers and head-butted an officer in an attempt to avoid arrest.  Eventually officers were able to place Ruff in handcuffs and transport him to the Dover Police Department.  While in custody, Ruff made statements that were cause for concern for his health and he was taken to a nearby hospital to undergo an evaluation.  Upon his release, Ruff will be charged with the following offenses:
-Resisting Arrest with Force
-Hindering Prosecution
-Offensive Touching of a Law Enforcement Officer

Earl Ruff
Age: 42
Smyrna, DE