Suspect made off with victim's cell phone

The Delaware State Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred in the River Winds development, near Oak Orchard, last night.

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, when troopers responded to the 27000 block of Devon Drive in Millsboro for a reported home invasion. An unknown suspect forced his way into the residence and confronted a 32-year-old female, demanding money from her.

During the confrontation, the suspect lunged at the woman and attempted to put his hands around her neck. The woman was able to escape and ran towards a rear bedroom to notify her husband and five children. Her 32-year-old husband immediately confronted the suspect in the hallway and a scuffle ensued. The suspect smacked and punched the male victim on the left side of his face. There was another 21-year-old male victim inside of the residence during the altercation, and all three began fighting when he attempted to intervene.  

During the scuffle, the suspect was able to obtain the 21-year-old man's cell phone, which he took and fled out the front door toward Oak Orchard Road.

The suspect was described as a dark-complected black male between 35 and 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and heavy set and was wearing dark colored clothing.

The three adult victims, as well as the five children, ranging from 9 years old to less than a year old, that were inside the residence did not request medical assistance.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Troop 4 Property Crimes at 302-752-3800. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.