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Home Invasion/Shooting at Dover East Mobile Home Park

Incident Number: 50-21-35223

Date/Time:  Thursday November 18th, 2021 at 2:28 p.m.

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

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


The Dover Police Department arrested two men and have warrants for a third in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on November 18th.  At approximately 2:28 p.m., officers responded to the Dover East Mobile Home Park at 1061 S. Little Creek Road for a report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, officers observed Robert Stecher (20) running in the area of the main entrance to the park.  Officers contacted and detained Stecher at that time.  While continuing to search the area, officers also contacted Tanagon Sripongsai (22) and detained him upon speaking with him about the incident.  A short time later, Divine Watkins (22) in the area of Ladybug Drive with a gunshot wound to his neck.  Watkins was transported to Bayhealth Kent Campus and is in stable condition. 

Based on the investigation that followed it was determined that Stecher and Watkins attempted to force entry into Sripongsai’s residence in Dover East Mobile Home Park.  During a struggle at the entrance, Stecher pulled out a revolver and pulled the trigger, however the gun did not fire.  Sripongsai then retrieved his own handgun and fired twice at Stecher and Watkins, striking Watkins in the neck.  Both Watkins and Stecher fled the area on foot.  

A search warrant was obtained for Sripongsai’s residence and the firearm  was located in addition to 806 grams of marijuana.

Stecher was committed to SCI on a $103,000 cash bond on the following offenses:
-Burglary 1st Degree/Home Invasion
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Attempted Theft Under $1,500

Sripongsai was committed to SCI on a $7,500 cash bond on the following offenses:
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana

Watkins remains hospitalized but is wanted for the following offenses:
-Burglary 1st/Home Invasion
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree