Dover Man Charged with Firearms and Drug Offenses Following Probation Check 7-23-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-18192

Date/Time:  Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 5:57PM

Location:  Kent Budget Motel, 363 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   Sergeant Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department charged Tyrell Joseph (32) with firearms and drug offenses after assisting Delaware Probation and Parole officers with a probation check.  Delaware Probation and Parole officers conducted the check at Joseph’s hotel room at 363 North DuPont Highway.  During the search of the room, officers located a .45 caliber  handgun, 17.1 grams of MDMA (ecstasy), 71.5 Xanax pills, 35 Oxycodone pills, 34 bags of heroin, 1022.4 grams of cereal bars containing marijuana, and $3,411.  There was also a young child in the room who was turned over to a relative.

Items seized by Delaware Probation and Parole and Dover Police

Joseph was arrested without incident and committed to HRYCI on a $256,700 secured bond on the following charges:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Endangering the Welfare of a Child
-Possession of Controlled Substance (3x)
-Possession with Intent to Deliver (3x)

Tyrell Joseph
Dover, DE

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Probation Check Leads to Firearms Charges for Dover Man 7-23-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-18155

Date/Time:  Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 9:42AM

Location:  1426 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   Sergeant Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department charged Devin Coleman (33) with firearms offenses after assisting Delaware Probation and Parole officers with a probation check.  Delaware Probation and Parole officers conducted the check at Coleman’s hotel room at 1426 North DuPont Highway.  During a search, a backpack was located with two handguns inside.  One of the handguns was reported stolen out of North Carolina.  Coleman was arrested without incident and committed to HRYCI on a $47,500 cash bond on the following charges:
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Possession of Ammunition by Person Prohibited
-Receiving Stolen Firearm
-Violation of Probation

Devin Coleman
Dover, DE

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Burglary at Friendly’s Restaurant 7-23-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-18148

Date/Time:  Wednesday, July 22nd 2020 at 2:52AM

Location:  Friendly’s Restaurant, 318 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   Sergeant Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at the Friendly’s restaurant located at 318 North DuPont Highway.  The burglary occurred between 2:52AM and 3:00AM when a suspect broke a glass window with a hammer.  Once inside the business, the suspect removed a cash register drawer and threw it out of the window and then exiting the business through the broken window.  The suspect was then fled on foot in a southbound direction.  

The suspect is was wearing a white hood sweatshirt, a mask, blue jeans, and light colored shoes as seen in the surveillance image below.

Friendly’s Burglary suspect

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. 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 of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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Dover PD Issues Advisory Regarding Recent Mail Thefts 7-23-2020

The City of Dover Police Department is issuing a public advisory regarding thefts from public post office collection boxes.  Within the last three weeks, the Dover Police Criminal Investigations Unit has received at least eight cases of thefts where subjects have removed mail from United States Postal Service mailboxes.  The suspects then remove any valuables from envelopes, including checks.  In many cases, the suspects have been able to alter or change the checks to receive money themselves, including one case for $40,000.  The Dover Police Department continues to investigate these incidents and is working with the United States Postal Inspection Service as well.  Two Dover locations have been confirmed as being targeted in the mail thefts:  the USPS Collection Box on Buckson Drive and another in the 1000 Block of S. Bradford Street. 

The Dover Police Department is advising residents to use caution when sending mail and reminding them that the safest way to send mail is to drop it off at a post office location, such as 55 Loockerman Plaza in Dover, or at a location with high visibility and more vehicle/foot traffic.  Post office and collection box locations can be found at: https://tools.usps.com/find-location.htm

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Gold Alert Issued for 34-Year-Old Dover Man 7-21-2020

Incident/Complaint#:  50-20-18088

Date:  Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 5:44PM

Location:  600 Block of West North Street, Dover, DE

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

Narrative:

The Dover Police Department has issued a Gold Alert for Justin Bentley (34).  Bentley was last seen by a family member at 4:30PM in the downtown Dover area..  Bentley made statements prior to leaving that are concerning for his health and safety.  Bentley is a a white male, 5’8″ tall, approximately 115 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing black shorts, a white shirt, blue hat, and a blue backpack.  

Anyone with information on Bentley’s whereabouts should call 302-736-7111 as soon as possible.  A photo was not immediately available for Bentley.

 

 

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Suspect Arrested After Attempted Armed Robbery at Zales (Dover Mall)7-17-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-17762

Date/Time:  Friday, July 17th, 2020 at 11:43AM

Location:  Zales (Inside of Dover Mall), 1365 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   Sergeant Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department arrested 25-year-old Mazen Faraj after he attempted to rob the Zales jewelry store inside of the Dover Mall on Friday morning.  At approximately 11:43AM, Faraj entered the business and displayed a purple and silver handgun while demanding jewelry from an employee.  The employee refused and the suspect fled the store on foot, but remained in the mall.  Arriving officers located Faraj upon arrival and took him into custody despite him resisting arrest.  Faraj was still in possession of the firearm used in the robbery when he was taken into custody.

Faraj was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on a $157,000 secured bond on the following charges:
-Attempted Robbery 1st Degree
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Wearing a Disguise During Commission of Felony
-Resisting Arrest

Mazen Faraj
Felton, DE

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College Road Barricaded Subject Surrenders Without Incident 7-17-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-17725

Date/Time:  Friday, July 17th, 2020 at 11:40AM

Location:  College Road, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   Sergeant Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department responded to a College Road residence at approximately 11:40AM after a woman reported that her adult son was behaving erratically and that she was in fear.  Officers arrived and the subject entered the home and refused to comply with officers.  After failed attempts to have the subject leave the house, the Dover Police Department deployed the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Special Operations Response Team to the residence.  Negotiators attempted to make contact with the subject between 1:00PM-4:00PM.  Shortly after 4:00PM, the subject surrendered to police without incident and he was transported to Kent General Hospital where he will undergo a psychological evaluation.  Traffic on College Road was detoured with the assistance of the Delaware Department of Transportation during this incident.

The name of the subject involved is not being released at this time.

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Man Robbed at Wells Fargo ATM on July 16th (Photos Added)

Incident Number: 50-20-17604

Date/Time:  Tuesday, July 16th, 2020 at approximately 2:39AM

Location:  Wells Fargo Bank, 100 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   Sergeant Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place at an outdoor ATM at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 100 North DuPont Highway.  At approximately 2:39AM on Thursday morning, a male victim was withdrawing cash from the ATM when he was approached by a black male suspect on foot.  The suspect pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money and the victim dropped his wallet, but was still holding cash in his hand from the ATM.  The victim then fled eastbound across DuPont Highway and the suspect fired at least three shots at the victim.  The victim was not struck, but one round did strike a parked vehicle in the area.  The victim observed the suspect enter a vehicle behind the bank and flee southbound with an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim.  

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. 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 of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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Man Robbed at Wells Fargo ATM 7-16-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-17604

Date/Time:  Tuesday, July 16th, 2020 at approximately 2:39AM

Location:  Wells Fargo Bank, 100 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   Sergeant Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place at an outdoor ATM at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 100 North DuPont Highway.  At approximately 2:39AM on Thursday morning, a male victim was withdrawing cash from the ATM when he was approached by a black male suspect on foot.  The suspect pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money and the victim dropped his wallet, but was still holding cash in his hand from the ATM.  The victim then fled eastbound across DuPont Highway and the suspect fired at least three shots at the victim.  The victim was not struck, but one round did strike a parked vehicle in the area.  The victim observed the suspect enter a vehicle behind the bank and flee southbound with an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim.  

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. 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 of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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East Water Street Home Struck by Gunfire 7-15-20

Incident Number: 50-20-17458

Date/Time:  Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 at approximately 3:00AM

Location:  400 Block of East Water Street, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   Sergeant Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating a late reported shooting incident that damaged the rear of a home in the 400 Block of East Water Street on Tuesday morning.  Officers responded to the residence at 1:06PM when the resident called police and advised her home struck by gunfire.  The victim stated that she heard what she believed to be fireworks between 3:00AM-4:00AM on Tuesday morning but did not see anyone outside of the home.  Several hours later, she observed the damage and notified police.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. 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 of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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