Dover Police Announcement June 18, 2020

At 1:30PM on June 18th, Chief Thomas A. Johnson, Jr. held a press conference to announce a series of actions and initiatives to increase the accountability of the Dover Police Department to our residents and visitors.  Below is the press packet/presentation outlining initial changes at this time.

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Dover Man Charged with Drug and Firearms Offenses After Fleeing from Officers 6-16-20

Incident Number: 50-20-15096

Date/Time:  Monday, June 15th, 2020 at 2:39PM

Location:  In the area of 1131 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department arrested Alfred Terry (37) on firearms and drug charges on Monday afternoon.  Officers observed Terry in the area of 1131 N. DuPont Highway and were aware that he was wanted on a Superior Court capias.  When officers attempted to contact Terry, he fled on foot but was apprehended a short time later.  A search of Terry’s vehicle led to the discovery of a handgun, MDMA (ecstasy), Fentanyl pills, and $1,500 in suspected drug proceeds. 

Terry was committed to SCI on a $110,000 cash bond on the following charges:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Possession of MDMA
-Possession of Fentanyl
-Illegal Gang Participation
-Resisting Arrest
-Drug Paraphernalia 

Alfred Terry
Dover, DE

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Burglary at Chaiyo Sushi Restaurant 6-15-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-14968

Date/Time:  Sunday, June 14th, 2020 at 3:29AM

Location:  Chaiyo Sushi, 1030 Forrest Avenue, Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at Chaiyo Sushi in Dover.  The incident occurred when an unknown suspect broke the glass front door with a concrete block.  Once inside, the suspect stole a cash register and an undisclosed amount of cash.  No suspect information is available at the time.

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 delawarecrimestoppers.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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Suspect Arrested in Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial Vandalism

UPDATE:
The Dover Police Department has charged Kyle Bullock (42) for damaging the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial.  When Dover Police officers arrived on scene, one of the items they located was a cell phone.  Officers were able to determine the phone belonged to Bullock.  While on scene, Bullock came back and asked the officers if they had seen a cell phone, claiming that he lost it in the area while participating in prior protest activity.  Bullock quickly left the scene at that time and officers obtained warrants for his arrest.  Officers were later able to obtain video evidence of the incident. 

The Delaware State Police arrested Bullock at his residence on Friday evening without incident.  

Prior to this incident, Bullock had been observed in the area of protest activity in Dover and at the Dover Police Department becoming disorderly towards law enforcement officials and civilian employees he encountered.  While he was often seen in the area of protest activity, Bullock was not a part of the group of organized persons that have conducted protest activity in the Dover area since May 31st, 2020.  Several members of the protest group advised law enforcement throughout their demonstrations that Bullock was not with their group and asked law enforcement to be aware of him as well.

Bullock was committed to SCI on a $5,100 cash bond on a single count of Felony level Criminal Mischief Over $5,000.

Kyle Bullock
Age:42
Camden, DE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incident Number: 50-20-14806

Date/Time:  Friday, June 12th, 2020 at 5:35AM

Location:  Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (South), Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating an incident where the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial was damaged by a suspect with an axe.  At approximately 5:35AM on Friday, June 12th, officers received a call from a passerby that a subject was striking the memorial with a sledgehammer.  When officers arrived, the suspect was not present.  Significant damage to the neck of the kneeling officer statue was observed.  In addition to the damage, two State of Delaware flags were laid in front of the officer statue and soaked in urine.  An axe was also left behind at the scene.

While we cannot release specific details at this time, the Dover Police Department is confident that the suspect in this case is not affiliated with a group of demonstrators that have conducted protest activity in recent days.

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 delawarecrimestoppers.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial Vandalized (Photos Included) 6-12-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-14806

Date/Time:  Friday, June 12th, 2020 at 5:35AM

Location:  Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (South), Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating an incident where the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial was damaged by a suspect with an axe.  At approximately 5:35AM on Friday, June 12th, officers received a call from a passerby that a subject was striking the memorial with a sledgehammer.  When officers arrived, the suspect was not present.  Significant damage to the neck of the kneeling officer statue was observed.  In addition to the damage, two State of Delaware flags were laid in front of the officer statue and soaked in urine.  An axe was also left behind at the scene.

While we cannot release specific details at this time, the Dover Police Department is confident that the suspect in this case is not affiliated with a group of demonstrators that have conducted protest activity in recent days.

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 delawarecrimestoppers.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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Multiple Persons Stabbed in Wednesday Night Incident 6-11-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-14717

Date/Time:  Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 at 9:45PM

Location:  Kennedy Road and Bradley Road, Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department responded to an incident on Wednesday evening that involved multiple stabbings in the area of Bradley Road and Kennedy Road.  Officers initially responded to a home in the 200 block of Bradley Road and located a 66-year-old male victim with knife wounds.  While tending to the victim, officers were contacted by a subject who advised there were multiple victims at a home in the 1200 Block of Kennedy Road.  Those victims included a 73-year-old female, an 11-year-old male, and a 37-year-old female.  

The subject who injured the victims was found deceased inside the home in the 1200 Block of Kennedy Road.

The investigation has revealed the following details at this time:  A 29-year-old male subject had been suffering from increasingly severe symptoms of mental illness, including auditory delusions.  He was inside his residence in the 200 Block of Bradley Road when he began to experience a severe episode.  During this incident, the subject’s family attempted to contain him in the home, but were unsuccessful as the subject was extremely combative.  

The male subject then fled his residence and entered another home in the 200 Block of Bradley Road, where he took a large kitchen knife and fled.  The male subject then knocked on the door of another home in the 200 Block of Bradley Road.  When the occupant (66-year-old male) answered the door, the subject stabbed and cut her.  

The subject then fled that residence and ran inside of a residence in the 1200 Block of Kennedy Road.  Once inside, he attacked a 73-year-old woman who was sitting in a chair, stabbing her twice in the head.  The subject then attacked other members in the home, including the 11-year-old male and 37-year-old female.  Two family members also suffered bite wounds from the subject during the struggle. 

The subject was found deceased inside of the home in the 1200 Block of Kennedy Road as a result of injuries that occurred during the incident.  The exact cause of death has yet to be determined and is pending autopsy results by the Medical Examiner.

The victims of the incident were treated at a nearby hospital with none of the injuries believed to be life-threatening.

Due to the nature of the incident, names of those involved are not being released.  

 

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Happy Fortune Burglary 6-11-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-14737

Date/Time: See Narrative

Location:  Happy Fortune, 1030 Forrest Avenue, Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at Happy Fortune restaurant.  The incident occurred sometime between 10:30PM on June 10th and 7:06AM on June 11th when an unknown suspect threw a concrete block through a glass door.  Once inside, the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the registered and fled.

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 delawarecrimestoppers.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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Dover Police Statement Regarding June 9th Actions with Delaware State Police

On Tuesday, June 9th, the Dover Police Department served as a mutual aid/assisting agency in the arrest of demonstrators in the area of Camden, DE.  In order to provide transparency and accountability, the Dover Police Department is providing the following details to clarify any misinformation.

The department has made every effort to engage and support the core group of demonstrators over the past week of activity in and around the City of Dover.  Chief Johnson and a group of officers met with the demonstrators on Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th on Legislative Mall.  Chief Johnson and a group of officers willingly walked arm in arm with the demonstrators to show their support and willingness to stand with OUR community on difficult issues.  Chief Johnson also agreed to a meeting (Tuesday, June 9th at 3:00PM) with up to six of the group’s leaders to hold a meaningful and productive conversation about police and criminal justice reforms and discuss any of the demonstration groups objectives and goals.  At approximately 11:37PM on June 8th, the department received an e-mail submission from the group stating that they wished to cancel/postpone the meeting.  On June 9th, the department called the person who sent the e-mail to confirm the cancellation in order to ensure that the message represented the entire group.  The person the department contacted confirmed the cancellation.  Despite this, we were prepared to meet with the group and still hope to have that opportunity in the days ahead.

Throughout the week, Protesters, both armed and unarmed, began to encroach on private property and/or jump into active lanes of Route 13 traffic in order to closely engage motorists and pedestrians.  These decisions led to several near misses of persons being struck by cars and/or chain reaction crashes during panic breaking to avoid such impacts.  These decisions led to many motorists calling 911 out of fear when being approached by protesters some of whom were wearing body armor and armed with weapons in uncontrolled traffic patterns.  The dialogue has become more hostile in recent days and the message was made clear by protesters that further steps needed to be taken to make people more “uncomfortable”.

In collaboration with Delaware State Police operations for Kent and Sussex counties, a conference call was held at 4 p.m. on June 9th with senior level members of the State’s Attorney General’s Office.  The purpose of this call was to clearly define the applicable laws that could be utilized to ensure public safety for all. It also included specific discussion of supported enforcement actions should circumstances again present themselves that posed a risk to safety and verbal warnings proved to be ineffective.  For consistency, DSP and Dover PD agreed ahead of time to work collaboratively to enforce the same set of standards given certain articulable circumstances that would drive enforcement decisions.

On Tuesday, June 9th, the group of demonstrators arrived in the area of Legislative Hall to organize.  The Dover Police Department was prepared to continue to provide safety and traffic control to allow the demonstrations to happen as they had throughout the week. However, the group left the area in vehicles and traveled to the area of the Camden WAWA store.  Once they arrived, the demonstrators rapidly initiated protest activity, including running out into active traffic, and engaging motorists. 

Based on the persistent disorderly conduct and defiance of a lawful order to disperse, Dover PD supported DSP as a mutual aid agency and began enforcement actions.  While individuals were confrontational at times, we are not aware of any injuries to any person during the arrest actions on or near the highway.  Despite some unlawful protesters resisting arrest in varying degrees, no Dover Police officer actually used pepper spray, gas, batons, Tasers or any other tool or instrument to make arrests.

An individual, later identified as a member of the Dover Post, was detained during the arrest process.  The male subject is seen on drone footage (see released video) on the left side of the video.  At the beginning of the video, the subject is seen putting on a press credential lanyard that contains what is believed to be a 3”x4” card that had not been worn by the subject prior to this incident.  The subject is not wearing any other identifying items.  The subject is then observed rummaging through his backpack.  A Dover Police Officer observes the subject and engages him not knowing he is a journalist, nor the contents of the backpack he was digging in.  The officer believed this to be public and officer safety concern in that moment.  The subject was utilizing a cell phone to record at the time, as were several other demonstrators that were involved.  As the officer approaches, the subject stands up and the officer secured the individual with the assistance of other officers.  Once the subject was secured, he was immediately sat up by officers and placed in a patrol vehicle a short time later. Once all of the arrested subjects were transported to Delaware State Police Troop 3, it was confirmed that the subject was a media member and he was released by the Delaware State Police without charges.

In closing, the Dover Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Thomas Johnson, has stated several times that it stands with the community on difficult issues and will support peaceful and lawful protest that are protected by the 1st Amendment.  Many of the demonstrators have been respectful and have exercised their 1st amendment rights peacefully. Despite the actions that officers were forced to take on June 9th, we remain 100% committed to working with citizens and having productive conversations that lead to meaningful and positive change in law enforcement and our community as a whole.  

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Shooting on South New Street 6-9-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-14569

Date/Time:  Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 at 12:27AM

Location:  Unit Block of S. New Street, Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is investigating a shooting that injured two persons on Tuesday morning.  At approximately 12:27AM, officers responded to the Unit Block of South New Street for a report of shots fired.  When they arrived, officers located a 30-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his cheek.  The victim was transported to Kent General Hospital by ambulance.  While officers remained on scene, they were advised that a second male victim (22) had arrived at Kent General Hospital by private vehicle with gunshot wound to his leg.  Neither victim’s injuries are life-threatening.  A home was also struck in the area.  

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 delawarecrimestoppers.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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Dover Police Conducting Death Investigation After Body Found in Shed 6-8-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-14462

Date/Time:  Sunday, June 7th, 2020 at 11:10AM

Location:  Delaware Probation and Parole, 511 Maple Parkway, Dover, DE

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

Narrative: 

The Dover Police Department is conducting a death investigation after a body was found in a shed at 511 Maple Parkway in Dover.  On Sunday, June 7th, officers reported to the address after an employee smelled an odor coming from a shed.  Officers arrived and located the body of an unknown female inside of the shed.  Based on the officers observations, it appears the woman was homeless and has been living in the shed for some time.  The identity of the woman and cause of death is unknown at this time, but foul play is not suspected.  

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 delawarecrimestoppers.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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