News Releases - Town of Middletown, Delaware

News Releases

  • Jan 19 2018
    On Jan. 17, 2018, at about 3:06 p.m., Middletown Police were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Lockwood Street for a report of gunshots. Two males, 20 and 24 years of age, sustained multiple gunshot wounds from an incident that apparently took place inside a residence on Lockwood Street. Both males were transported to a nearby hospital and are currently in stable condition. Several suspects were seen entering a residence on Lockwood Street just prior to the shooting and ar... details
  • Oct 10 2017
    The Middletown Police Department began investigating a series of indecent exposure and trespass with intent to peer or peep incidents that began in May of 2017. On October 08, 2017, in the 500 Block of S. Broad St, police apprehended a 15-year-old male in the act of attempting to expose himself. The male was linked to all incidents reported dating back to May. The male was charged with multiple counts of indecent exposure second degree, trespassing with the intent to peer... details
  • Jun 28 2017
    Naturally Beautiful Salon takes a hit, but no one was injured -- Thanks to Salon owner Laeia Nikki Washington. On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, after pulling into a parking space, Omowunmi M. Babatunde, 40, of Middletown, stepped on the gas instead of the brake and accelerated through the front of the Naturally Beautiful Salon. There were three employees and two clients inside of the Salon at the time of the accident. Nikki not only warned everyone in the Salon to exit towards the back of t... details
  • Mar 24 2017
    Fitness and Thefts!! Planet Fitness theft cases- Solved!! Between the months of February and March 2017, several people reported that their property such as clothing and personal items, were stolen while they were working out at the Middletown Planet Fitness, 703 N. Broad Street, Middletown. Thanks to the committed Management team and the diligent Middletown Police Officers, all but one of these items has been recovered. Officer Starrett identified and arrested a juvenile membe... details
  • Jan 12 2017
    On Jan. 12, 2017, Middletown Police responded to the intersection of N. Ramunno Dr. and Ash Blvd. for the report of a robbery with a weapon. Investigation revealed a black male wearing a mask exited a vehicle, approached the victim and displayed what is believed to be a firearm and removed the victim s cellular phone. The suspect was identified as Isaiah Dejesus, 18, of Bear. Police obtained an arrest warrant for robbery first degree and possession of a firearm during the commission of ... details
  • Oct 26 2016
    On Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at about 5 p.m., Middletown Police responded to the area of Del. 299, west of Brickmill Road, in reference to a personal injury accident caused by a subject involved in a shooting that occurred in the area of the 500 block of New Street. The police investigation revealed the shooting involved two men in the area of the 500 block of New Street. The victim, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, fled from the area in a silver Buick Lacrosse and caused multiple motor ve... details
  • Oct 1 2016
    On Sept. 30, 2016, at about 8:31 p.m., Middletown Police were dispatched to the area of Foxtail Lane in reference to a report of an overdose. Upon arrival, the 21-year-old subject was found not breathing and unresponsive from an apparent heroin overdose. Officers on scene administered Naloxone to the unresponsive subject. Shortly after being administered the Naloxone, the subject began to breathe and gained consciousness. The subject was then transported to Middletown Emergency Room for further ... details
  • Sep 30 2016
    On Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at about 11:45 a.m., officers responded to the area of the 500 block of New Street, Middletown, in reference to a shooting. Investigation revealed one adult black male suffered gunshot wounds and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The victim is currently in stable condition. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Joseph Womer Middletown Police at 376-9950 or Crime Stoppers at 800-847-3333. ... details
  • Sep 30 2016
    On Sept. 28, 2016, at about 6:09 p.m., Middletown Police were called to the area of Middletown Warwick Road and Merrimac Avenue in reference to a road rage incident. The victim reported that a black male driver, later identified as Cornelius B. Jones Jr., 21, of Newark, pointed a black handgun at him while the two vehicles passed. The vehicle that the defendant operated was located in Middletown and a search warrant was conducted on the vehicle. During the execution of the search warrant, office... details
  • Sep 26 2016
    On Sept. 24, 2016, at 5:10 a.m., a red 2011 Ford Focus, operated by a 31-year-old female of Magnolia, collided with a pedestrian, a 19-year-old male, of Wilmington, who was crossing from the north side of Merrimac Ave towards the south side, and was not at an intersection, nor in a crosswalk. The pedestrian was transported to Christiana Emergency Center by Middletown Volunteer Hose ambulance, for life-threatening injuries to his head and legs. The 19-year-old male was listed in critica... details
  • Sep 26 2016
    On Sept. 22, 2016, at about 11:20 a.m., Middletown Police conducted a traffic stop of a silver Pontiac Bonneville for a seatbelt violation. A records check revealed Joshua Ray, 21, of Middletown, had an active capias issued by New Castle County Family Court. Ray was taken into custody without incident. Brendan D. Myers, 20, of Middletown, did not comply with officers' verbal commands and a struggle ensued. Myers was removed from the vehicle and during this time, and Myers pushed the two o... details
  • Sep 9 2016
    On Nov. 17, 2015, Middletown Police received a theft complaint in the retirement community of Spring Mill, in Middletown. The investigation revealed that the defendant, Jason Hendricks, 38, of Middletown, removed prescription medication from the residence after being hired to complete odd jobs. On Sept. 01, 2016, an arrest warrant was issued for Hendricks and he was taken into custody without incident. He was later released on unsecured bail. The Middletown Police Department is requesting that a... details
  • Aug 15 2016
    During the week of Aug. 1, 2016, Middletown Police received a complaint of a possible sexual assault of a 7-year-old child. Middletown Police obtained an arrest warrant for Rape second degree, Unlawful sexual contact first degree, and sexual exploitation of a child. Since Maffei is a resident of Delaware County, PA, the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division was contacted, along with Aston, Pa., Police Department. A search warrant was obtained by Delaware County Criminal Investigatio... details
  • Jul 20 2016
    On July 18, 2016, at 6:55 p.m., Cpl. Stuart and Cpl. McKinery conducted a traffic stop on a blue Mitubishi Lancer. During the stop, they made contact with the driver, Jeremy Gioffre, and two passengers Cody Donovan, 27, of Middletown, and Sharla Shade, 27, of Middletown. Cpl. McKinery utilized his K-9 Ranger for an exterior sniff which had a positive indication. A further search was conducted which yielded 0.4 grams of crack cocaine, 46 bags of heroin stamped KING and multiple forms of ... details
  • Jun 18 2016
    On June 17, 2016, at about 1:08 a.m., the Middletown Police responded to the Valero, 38 E. Main St., Middletown, reference an armed robbery. Two masked men, one in possession of a hand gun, entered the business and demanded the money from the cash register and any additional money in the office area. The suspects removed United States Currency and cartons of cigarettes. The suspects were described as two black males, approximately 20-25 years old, with a heavy-set build. One subject was wearing ... details
  • Mar 22 2016
    On March 11, 2016, Middletown Police responded to the Middletown Emergency Center in reference to a 22-year-old male who had several serious physical injuries. The investigation revealed that the defendant Anthony Devine, 25, of Middletown, pointed a gun at the victim and then fired a shot, nearly missing the victim. Anthony Devine then struck the victim in the face with the weapon causing facial injuries. Middletown Police executed a search warrant at the defendant s residence and he fled on ... details
  • Feb 4 2016
    On February 4, 2016, just after 5 p.m., a white male suspect entered the WSFS bank located at 400 E. Main St., and demanded money from the teller. This suspect removed an undisclosed amount of United States Currency and fled to an unknown location. As a result of their investigation, the Middletown Police have obtained warrants for Darryl Trostle, 32, for robbery in the second degree. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Middletown Police at 376-9950 or Crime ... details
  • Jan 1 2016
    On Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at about 8 p.m., MPD officers responded to the area of 302 Jefferson St., Middletown, for a shooting. Investigation revealed three adult black males suffered gunshot wounds and were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Two of the victims are currently in stable condition. The third victim is currently in critical, but stable condition. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Joseph Womer Middletown Police at 376-9950 or... details
  • Dec 23 2015
    The Middletown Police Department responded to the Rt. 301 Truck Plaza on Thursday December 10, 2015, at about 4:54 p.m. in reference to a carjacking. An unknown, 25-to-35-year-old, dark-skinned black male, with a mustache, described as having a medium build, about 6-feet, 200 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a dark hoodie, entered and removed a 2012 Chevrolet Impala 4-door, silver, with damage to the front passenger quarter panel, and dark tinted windows bearing DE registration 63160. The vehicle ... details
  • Dec 11 2015
    On Dec. 11, 2015, three female juvenile victims were walking into the Walgreens at 396 E. Main Street, Middletown, when a single white male suspect, 50 to 55 years old, with dark gray hair, unshaven beard, round glasses, wearing a gray sweatshirt, appeared to be performing a sexual act while driving his vehicle into a parking spot in front of the girls. The victims exited the Walgreens approximately 15 minutes later and the vehicle was gone from the parking spot. They then walked towards the... details
  • Nov 30 2015
    On the evening of Nov. 19, 2015, Middletown Police were alerted to a burglary that occurred during the daytime hours at the 100 block of West Cochran Street. The 62-year-old victim reported that several items of jewelry and a handgun were removed from the residence. It was discovered that a window was damaged to access the residence. Through the investigation, it was determined that Quinn Daniels, 33, of North Catherine Street, Middletown, entered the residence and removed the items. A warrant w... details
  • Nov 11 2015
    On Nov. 10, 2015, at 2:45 p.m., a 2004 Honda Civic driven by Emily Hennon, 19, of Townsend on Brick Mill Road in Middletown, and was occupying the left turn lane. Hennon attempted a left turn to continue onto eastbound Del. 299, but was struck by a 2013 Novistar school bus, which was northbound on Willow Grove Mill Drive, and had crossed the intersection of Del. 299 to proceed onto Brick Mill Road, on a green signal. The collision disabled both vehicles, requiring them to be towed from the s... details
  • Apr 1 2015
    On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at about 8 a.m., Middletown Police responded to a report of a male exposing his genitals to passing traffic in the area of New and Ashland Streets. At about 9 a.m., Middletown Police received a similar complaint in the area of Del. 299 and Dove Run Shopping Center. The subject described matched the description of the subject that was reported to be exposing himself to traffic on Monday, March 30, 2015, in the area of Greenlawn Boulevard and Redden Lane. Police locat... details
  • Feb 9 2015
    On Feb. 7, 2015, at about 11:40 a.m. a 2005 Honda Odyssey minivan driven by Murali Jegannathan, 48 of Middletown, was traveling northbound on Industrial Drive when it made a left turn onto Main Street. During the course of the turn, the vehicle collided with a 22-year-old male pedestrian from Middletown who was crossing the roadway with the pedestrian signal, and in a marked crosswalk. The struck pedestrian was flown to Christiana Medical Center by the Delaware State Police Helicopter where ... details
  • Jan 26 2015
    The Middletown Police Department is asking for the public s assistance in locating Ivon Bright, 53, with the last known address of Liborio Drive, Middletown, for failing to re-register or verify as a sex offender as required. If you have any information as to the location of Ivon Bright, you are asked to contact the Middletown Police at (302)376-9950 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 847-3333 your tip may make you eligible for a reward. ... details
  • Jul 1 2014
    Middletown Police are asking for the public's help in locating a suspect in an attempted abduction of two children on Monday evening, June 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the intersection of West Harvest Lane and Fields Way in Middletown Village. The suspect was driving a small, red, four-door sedan, displaying a black sticker with white writing and a blue sticker, both in the rear window of the sedan. The vehicle also has a broken passenger side mirror. The suspect is described as a b... details
  • Sep 12 2013
    On Sunday, Sept. 1, Damar Golden, 27, of E. Lockwood St., Middletown, who was wanted by the Middletown Police Department for the Aug. 12 robbery of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Middletown, was taken into custody. Golden, who had been arrested by the Wilmington Police Department earlier in the day for criminal impersonation, was transported to the Middletown Police Headquarters. He was processed and arraigned on the robbery warrant. Golden was transported to the Howard Young Correct... details
  • Sep 12 2013
    On Aug. 29, Middletown Police executed a search warrant in the 100 Block of Vincent Circle, Middletown Village. Police had conducted surveillance in the area after receiving numerous complaints from residents in reference to subjects loitering in the area and possible drug activity. Officers arrested Webster Reed, 26, of Vincent Circle, Middletown, for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (marijuana, 4 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the wel... details
  • Aug 6 2013
    Middletown Police announced at the Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 5, that it will be applying to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program in Fiscal Year 2013. The local solicitation grant of $12,873, will be used for police equipment. For more information about the grant, click on the link below. JAG Grant Information ... details
  • Aug 1 2013
    On July 30, at about 11 p.m., a passer-by reported they could see a green pick-up truck down in the retention pond area in the 100 block of Bonnybrook Lane, Tartan Court townhomes. Officers arrived and observed a green Ford F150 in gear and running, occupied by operator Victor Santiago, 51, of E. Cole Boulevard, Middletown. Officers on scene allegedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Santiago and observed several empty bottles of alcohol in the vehicle. Police said Santi... details
  • May 17 2013
    On April 10, at about 8:43 p.m., Middletown Police were dispatched to East Main Street and Dickerson Boulevard, in reference to a report of collision between a motor vehicle and a bicyclist. The investigation revealed that a 26-year-old Middletown resident was traveling on Cleaver Farm Road toward Dickerson Boulevard at the time of this collision. The driver of the vehicle, Ryan Zuvic, 26, of Brady Circle, did strike a 15-year-old male bicyclist as they both entered the crosswalk of East Main... details
  • May 17 2013
    James Cleary On May 4, at about 1:07 p.m., the Middletown Police conducted a vehicle stop for a traffic violation on East Lake Street, just East of Caribou Lane. As the Officer was talking to the driver and passenger the officer observed a suspicious object in the passenger s front pant pocket. When the passenger, later identified as James Cleary, 25, of Chestertown, Md., noticed the officer looking at the object, he pulled his T-shirt down in an attempt to cover it.... details
  • May 17 2013
    On April 16, at about 11:40 a.m., Middletown Police responded to the ACME Supermarket, 460 E. Main Street, Middletown, for a report of a CPR-in-progress involving a 53-year-old male, who had collapsed in the rear of the store. Upon the officers' arrival, they discovered that store employees had started CPR on the unresponsive victim. Officers Fabbroni and Misino administered their assigned Automatic Defibrillator Device to the victim and continued CPR until medical assistance arrived. Th... details
  • May 17 2013
    Kevin Tilghman After a four-month investigation, the Middletown Police have arrested Kevin Tilghman, 21 of Collingdale, Pa., for a burglary and theft that occurred at the Hardee s Restaurant in Middletown. The incident occurred in December of 2012, when Tilghman forced entry into the business after-hours and removed money from a safe. Tilghman was a former employee at the business and was separated from his employment shortly before the burglary occurred. Tilghman, who moved to Pe... details
  • May 17 2013
    Eric Wasmundski Raymond West On April 11, at about 11:30 p.m., Middletown Police were dispatched to the community of The Estates at St Anne s for a possible theft in progress of construction supplies. Upon arrival, officers stopped the suspect vehicle with numerous sheets of plywood in the bed of the truck. The driver, identified as Eric Wasmundski, 50, of Millsboro, and his passenger, Raymond West, 39, of New Castle, had in fact removed 35 sheets of plywood, val... details
  • Apr 2 2013
    On March 22, the Middletown Police were dispatched to the Dove Run Center parking lot, Middletown, for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The investigation revealed that a 2012 Ford Focus was taken from the lot while the victim was working. The victim reported that her keys had to have been removed from her pocketbook while she worked. The vehicle was recovered on March 28, in the same parking lot, displaying a stolen registration plate. The vehicle was returned to the owner but the... details
  • Apr 1 2013
    On March 31, at about 3:20 a.m., Middletown Police were dispatched to Willow Grove Mill, Trupenny Turn and Hampden Court, in reference to a single motorcycle collision. The investigation revealed that a Kory Dyer, 33, of Port Penn Road, near Middletown, was traveling westbound on Trupenny Turn when he lost control of his 2013 Harley Davidson Motorcycle. As he lost control, he struck the curb and was thrown from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. ... details
  • Mar 25 2013
    On March 25, at about 8:05 a.m., Middletown Police were dispatched to the area of Cedar Lane Road and Betsy Rawls Drive in reference to a reported weather related accident, heavy snowfall. The investigation revealed that a 2003 Blue Bird school bus (Providence Creek Academy Charter School, Clayton) was traveling southbound on Cedar Lane Road and was approaching Betsy Rawls Drive. The bus driver advised that a DART Paratransit Bus was traveling in front of her and stopped with traffic. T... details
  • Mar 21 2013
    Middletown Police released a composite sketch of the Fulton Bank robber, from the incident on Monday, Feb. 25. If you recognize this man, please contact Middletown Police at (302) 376-9950. On Monday, Feb. 25, at about 11:28 a.m., Middletown Police Officers responded to the Fulton Bank, 428 W. Main Street, Middletown, in reference to a robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers learned that an unknown white male, 25 to 35 years of age, about 185 pounds and 5'05'... details
  • Mar 1 2013
    On Feb. 26, at about 3 p.m., Middletown Police Officers Schneider and Fox were dispatched to report of a burglary in the 400 block of Champs Lane in Middletown Village. Upon arrival, the officers met with juvenile residents who had returned home from school to discover the front door of the residence had been forced open and a number of electronic devices and jewelry had been removed. The officers were able to develop information indicating that a 17-year-old juvenile male was inv... details
  • Mar 1 2013
    Johnny Howell Lester Howell On Tuesday, Feb. 26, at about 6:10 p.m., the Middletown Police were dispatched to the Rite Aid, 455 W. Main St., Middletown, for a report of a subject who passed a forged prescription to the pharmacy. Upon arrival, officers observed one of the suspects leaving the parking lot in a vehicle with a Pennsylvania registration. Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Lester Howell, 33, of Collingdale, Pa. ... details
  • Feb 18 2013
    On Sunday, Feb. 17, at about 11:25 p.m., Middletown Police responded to a report of a vehicle on the railroad tracks in the area of N. Broad Street and Summit Bridge Road. Prior to arriving at the vehicle, officers received information that the operator of the vehicle was last seen walking south on N. Broad Street. Officers responded to the area and located William Mayer, III, 26, of Greensboro, Md., stumbling along the roadway. Mayer was detained while officers determined he was the ow... details
  • Feb 18 2013
    On Friday, Feb. 15, at about 12:07 p.m., Middletown Police identified the operator of a silver Mercedes as Anthony Miller, 23, of Liborio Drive, Middletown. The investigating officer was aware of the fact that Miller was wanted by the Court of Common Pleas for failure to appear in court for previous drug charges. Miller was ordered out of the vehicle, at which time he became combative and actively resisted the officers attempts to take him into custody. Miller struck the officer sever... details
  • Feb 13 2013
    On Feb. 7, at about 5 p.m., the Middletown Police were called to a property damage crash on westbound Del. 299, east of Gloucester Blvd. This was the third crash in this area within a three-hour period. The investigation revealed that a 2007 Honda, driven by a 31-year-old Middletown resident and a 2012 Toyota, driven by a 36-year-old, also from Middletown, were both westbound on Del. 299 approaching the Gloucester Blvd intersection. Traffic was stop-and-go because of the heavy rush hour... details
  • Feb 13 2013
    On Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at about 1:10 p.m., the Middletown Police Department's S.W.A.T. Team executed a search warrant at 300 N. Broad St., Lakewood Apartments, for illegal drug activity and sales. The search netted 277 bags of heroin. Jasmine Elliot, 23, of Lakewood Apartments, and Jodie Harris, 22, of Marl Pit Road, Middletown, were taken into custody as they were attempting to destroy evidence. The two females were charged with drug dealing tier 5, possession of marijuana, tamp... details
  • Feb 13 2013
    On Feb. 7, at about 1:55 p.m., Middletown Police responded to a personal injury crash on eastbound Del. 299, west of Gloucester Blvd. This crash was within the same timeline as a previous crash that occurred at the intersection of Del. 299 and Gloucester Blvd. The investigation revealed that a 2008 Ford pickup driven by a 43-year-old Middletown resident and a 2007 Mini Cooper driven by a 53-year-old, also from Middletown, were traveling eastbound on Del. 299, where the roadway is still ... details
  • Feb 13 2013
    On Feb. 7, at about 5:55 a.m., a 59-year-old truck driver from Millville, N.J., was walking from his tractor-trailer that was parked in the rear of the WAWA (528 West Main St, Middletown) toward the business. As he was walking, a school bus driven by a 61-year-old Townsend resident struck him. The impact knocked the victim to the ground, where his head impacted the asphalt surface and caused a severe head injury. The victim was air lifted by Delaware State Police helicopter to Christiana Medi... details
  • Feb 13 2013
    On Thursday, Feb. 7, at about 11:49 a.m., Middletown Police responded to a report of a theft that just occurred at the Middletown Liquors, located at 745 N. Broad St., Middletown. Upon arrival, it was learned that an unknown male, approximately 5-8 to 5-10 in height and approximately 150 to 160 pounds in weight entered the business in a deft movement, and went directly to the cashiers station, where a bank deposit envelope containing currency (approximately $1,000) was kept. The subject grab... details
  • Feb 6 2013
    At about 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, Middletown Police responded to the Villagebrook Mobile Home Park in reference to a robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers learned that the victim, who was walking in the neighborhood, was approached from behind and pushed to the ground. He was surrounded by a group of five to six male subjects, one of whom was wearing a dark colored puffy jacket. This suspect displayed what the victim believed to be a handgun. The victim was held at gunpoin... details
  • Jan 24 2013
    Middletown Police are seeking the public s assistance in locating two wanted subjects from an incident that occurred on Saturday Jan. 20, at about 1:20 a.m. Middletown Police Officer Stafford attempted to stop a vehicle on Summit Bridge Road in the area of the Spring Mill neighborhood, for a traffic violation. The operator of the vehicle, later identified as James Watson, 29, whose last known address was 204 Coventry Lane in Newark, accelerated away from OFC Stafford and turned i... details
  • Jan 23 2013
    On Tuesday, Jan. 22, at about 5:30 p.m., the U.S. Marshal s Task Force assisted the Middletown Police with the apprehension of Stephen Grabowski, 31, and Heather Zurfluh, 23, at their residence (100 Block of Richards Drive, Wilmington) on outstanding robbery warrants. Both were taken into custody without incident and brought to the Middletown Police Station. On Oct. 31, 2012, at about 2:40 p.m., Grabowski and Zurfluh pulled their vehicle behind a victim s vehicle at 454 E. Main Street, ... details
  • Jan 22 2013
    On Thursday, Jan. 17, at about 11:10 p.m., Middletown Police Officer DiGati conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of West Main Street. During the traffic stop, the passenger in the vehicle, Casey Oliver, 38, of Crystal Beach Road, Earleville, Md., was found to have an outstanding capias for failure to appear at New Castle County Court of Common Pleas. As Oliver exited the vehicle, he was observed trying to conceal a package on the floor of the vehicle. Officers recognized the item ... details