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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Delaware State Police arrest suspect in Smyrna home invasion robbery

  • On March 28, police arrested one of the two suspects in the home invasion robbery that happened Jan. 25 just south of Smyrna. Police are asking for the public's help in finding the second suspect.
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  • On March 28, police arrested one of the two suspects in the home invasion robbery that happened Jan. 25 just south of Smyrna.
    Detectives from Troop 3 along with the Dover Police Drug Unit and Special Operations Response Team used a search warrant at a home where the suspect was believed to be staying, in the 600 block of Nimitz Road in Dover.
    Police received information through interviews that the suspect, Martin F. Smith Sr., 41, was involved in the robbery near Smyrna on Jan. 25. Smith was arrested without incident and taken to Troop 3.
    In a search of the residence, police found a Tec-DC9 handgun, a 9mm handgun, a .22 caliber handgun, along with various rounds of ammunition.
    Police said Smith was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, home invasion, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, five counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, three counts of aggravated menacing, endangering the welfare of a child, and second-degree conspiracy.
    He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center northeast of Smyrna for lack of $185,000 cash bond to await another court appearance.
    The home invasion occurred Jan. 25 at about 11:40 p.m., in a house on Hedgerow Hollow Road. The 38-year-old male victim heard someone knocking on his front door. When he opened the door, he was greeted by a male suspect who said that his vehicle had slid into the victim's car in front of the house, causing damage. As the victim went outside to investigate the damage, he was confronted by a second suspect. Both suspects displayed handguns and demanded money from the victim, police said. The victim complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash and a written prescription for medication to the suspects.
    The suspects then escorted the victim back into the home and demanded more money. A physical confrontation between the victim and the suspects ensued. The victim was struck in the head with the handguns, police said. The suspects then fled the residence on foot.
    The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
    During their investigation, detectives determined that this wasn't a random act. The victim was targeted.
    Police are asking anyone with information about to the second suspect to call Detective Dan Wright of the Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Unit at (302) 741-2811 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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