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Suspect in September 26th Arson Arrested in New Jersey







UPDATE: On Wednesday, October 27th, the U.S. Marshals First State Fugitive Task Force with assistance from the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, arrested Dondre Atkins, who was wanted on several charged stemming from a burglary and arson that occurred on September 26th, 2021.  Atkins was arrested without incident in Irvington, New Jersey.  Atkins is being held in New Jersey pending his extradition to Delaware.

Incident Number: 50-21-29125

Date/Time: Sunday, September 26th, 2021 at 11:17 a.m.

Location: 400 Block of New Castle Avenue, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department is searching for a suspect involved in an arson on Sunday, September 26th, 2021.  At approximately 11:17 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 400 Block of New Castle Avenue for a fire that was intentionally set.  Before officers arrived, the residents were able to extinguish the fire.  Further investigation revealed that Dondre Atkins (32) opened an unsecured bedroom window and lit curtains on fire in the room where a juvenile was sleeping.   Atkins then fled from the scene.  No injuries resulted from the incident.

Atkins is currently wanted by the Dover Police Department on the following offenses:
-Arson 1st Degree
-Home Invasion (Burglary 1st Degree)
-Reckless Endangering 1st Degree (5x)
-Criminal Mischief

Dondre Atkins
Dover, DE

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7111.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.