Here is your roundup of law enforcement activity in Kent County for the past week

Dover man fails in apparent attempt to steal air conditioner parts

An apparent attempt to steal parts from commercial air conditioners has led to the arrest of a Dover man.

Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman identified the suspect as 36-year-old Jerome Davis.

The case began at 3:44 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, when Dover police were sent to the Bay Court shopping center to investigate reports of a burglary in progress.

Once there, officers found Davis at the back of the complex, sitting in a maroon Firebird with temporary Maryland license tags. At the time, Davis was wearing a headlamp and black gloves wand was found with freshly cut parts from commercial air conditioning units.

Police determined Davis allegedly climbed to the shopping center roof and cut several parts off the units with the likely intention of selling them for cash.

Hoffman said the stolen items are valued at about $13,000; damage to the air conditioning units was estimated at $65,000.

Davis is charged with theft of property valued at $1,500 or more, possession of burglar’s tools, criminal mischief over $1,500 and second-degree trespass.

He was ordered held at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, after defaulting on a $2,850 secured bond.

Pitchfork stabbing sends man to hospital, suspect under arrest

Delaware State Police troopers have arrested a Dover man after a fight that led to a stabbing.

Division spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe identified the suspect at 31-year-old Saul Velez-Mojica.

The incident took place at about 8:13 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at a home in the 800 block of Papen Lane. Troopers arriving on the scene found a 45-year-old man suffering from injuries to his face and leg, Jaffe said.

Additional evidence showed the victim had been in a fight with Velez-Mojica, who threatened to kill him. Velez-Mojica took a pitchfork and stabbed the victim, Jaffe added.

The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Velez-Mojica ran into a wooded area before troopers arrived, but was quickly found and taken into custody without further resistance.

Velez-Mojica is charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, assault second degree, terroristic threatening and resisting arrest.

He was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $15,000.00 secured bond.

Hate crime charge levied following Delaware Pride Festival incident

Detectives with the Dover Police Department have charged a Dover man with a hate crime offense and several other charges following an incident at the Delaware Pride Festival.

Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the incident took place at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 on Legislative Mall as police were called in to investigate a report of a fight.

Officers contacted a 62-year-old man who was bleeding from the mouth, learning he had been assaulted by 31-year-old Sean Wiley.

Wiley, whom Hoffman said was “showing obvious signs of intoxication,” shouted homosexual slurs at the injured man and others while police were questioning him, and openly admitted to punching the man.

Police also learned Wiley had assaulted a 46-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man by grabbing their private body parts, Hoffman said.

Wiley also took a swing at a Dover officer while they were trying to get his identification; he was taken to the ground while still resisting and ultimately put in a police cruiser and taken to police headquarters.

Wiley was initially charged with three counts of offensive touching, third-degree assault, menacing, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, third-degree trespass and a felony count of resisting arrest.

He was freed from custody after posting a $3,900 secured bond.

However, a post-incident investigation led to the decision to charge Wiley with a hate crime, prompting his surrender to police on Aug. 16, Hoffman said.

Wiley was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in lieu of a $500 secured bond on the hate crime charge, but later was released on bail.

Dover police make three drug arrests in separate incidents

Officers with the Dover Police Department arrested three people on various drug charges in two separate incidents Monday, Aug. 20.

The first took place at about 7:48 p.m. when officers stopped Nathan Probst, 19, at Saulsbury and Walker roads when he was spotted driving a silver BMW with expired license tags.

Officers smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle, finding 10 grams of marijuana, 20 hydroxyzine pills, 12 cyclobenzaprine pills, 15 Alprazolam pills, 4.5 morphine pills, and six amphetamine pills.

Probst is charged with five counts of possession with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana as well as the traffic offense. He was released from custody on an $8,900 unsecured bond.

The second incident occurred two hours later at 9:58 p.m. when, using a warrant, officers searched a home in the first block of Saulsbury Road.

During the search, officers discovered a 12 gauge shotgun with an obliterated serial number, a .45 caliber revolver, 1.2 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia consisting of small baggies and a digital scale).

Eric McDonald, 20, was arrested at the scene, and a second resident of the home, identified as 28-year-old Patrice Anderson was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after surrendering to Dover police.

McDonald is charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He has been committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in lieu of a $14,000 secured bond.

Assault leads to arrest of 20-year-old Milford man

Milford officers have arrested a local man after another person reported an assault.

The incident took place at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, in the 800 block of North Dupont Blvd., department spokesman Det. Timothy Maloney said.

The victim of the assault, who had visible injuries to the face, was sent to a local hospital for evaluation. Using social media as well as accounts from the victim and other witnesses police identified Galdamez Monzon as the suspect, Maloney said.

Officers secured an arrest warrant based on this information and Galdamez Monzon surrendered later in the evening.

He is charged with a single count of third-degree assault and was released from custody on a $500 unsecured bond.

Galdamez Monzon also was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Shots fired in Dover; woman hit in the arm

Detectives with the Dover Police Department are probing a late evening shooting in the city.

The incident occurred at about 9:38 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 in the area of Reed and New streets, department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

A group of people was in the area when some started shooting a gun, and the woman was hit in the arm as the crowd scattered, Hoffman said.

The 45-year-old woman was taken to Bayhealth Hospital Kent Campus by an unknown person and was treated for a non-life-threatening injury.

Police also learned an empty vehicle in the area also was hit by a single shot.

Police are continuing their investigation; anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7130. Tips may be left anonymously.

Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at tipsubmit.com.

Red Roof Inn scene of Dover drug bust

Officers with the Dover Police Department and the state probation and parole office have arrested a Frederica man on a number of drug charges.

Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman identified the suspect as 45-year-old Willie Hale.

Officers contacted Hale at a room in the Red Roof Inn at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21; a search turned up a number of drugs including 222 grams of MDMA, 56.7 grams of crack cocaine, morphine pills, Oxycodone pills, drug paraphernalia, 3.4 grams of marijuana and $9,405 in suspected drug money.

As a result, Hale is charged with possession with intent to deliver MDMA, possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, possession of MDMA, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

He was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of an $80,200 secured bond.

School bus driver charged with endangering students

A Milford-area school bus driver has been arrested on charges she endangered the lives of several students during the 2017-2018 school year.

Milford Police Department spokesman Sgt. Robert Masten identified the driver as Teresa Grunden, 54, of Houston. Grunden was working for a third-party contractor at the time.

Grunden was taken into custody Wednesday, Aug. 22, Masten said.

The case began May 31 when a parent contacted a Milford school resource officer about Grunden’s alleged actions during the afternoon bus ride home.

The investigation showed Grunden had pulled the bus over near Airport Road and closed its windows and ceiling air vents, causing the temperature inside to rise.

Reports show Grunden did so because the students were being too loud, Masten said.

As a result, six students, ranging in age from 6 to 11 years, reported heat-related problems once they arrived at home, he added.

A review of the case by the state Attorney General resulted in issuance of a warrant for Grunden’s arrest on six counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

She was issued a $1,000 unsecured bond and ordered to have no contact with the children.

Grunden will appear in Kent County Family Court Sept. 17 for arraignment, Masten added.

The Milford School District assisted police with the investigation, he added.

School district spokeswoman Sara E. Croce said the district had no comment on the case.

"Maintaining the safety and welfare of our students is an absolute priority," Croce said. "We intend to let the criminal justice system work appropriately in this case. This person is not an employee of the Milford School District, thus we have no further comment."

Theft and conspiracy charges levied against Frederica woman

A Frederica woman has been arrested after she allegedly took a woman’s purse from her vehicle.

The theft took place in June 2018 in the Midway Shopping Center, Harrington, police spokesman Capt. Earl K. Brode said.

The suspects escaped from the area following the theft, but the victim was able to obtain the license number and turn that information over to police. Officers used that data to identify Allyson M. St. Sauveur, 22, as a suspect and obtained warrants for her arrest.

On Aug. 23, Harrington police received a tip that led them to the Super 8 Motel, where they took St. Sauveur into custody without resistance.

St. Sauveur was charged with theft of property valued at less than $1,500 and third-degree conspiracy. She later was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

Open church window invites burglary, vandalism

An unlocked window at the Presbyterian Church in Dover proved to be too much of a temptation for a burglar who broke into the house of worship early Friday.

Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the burglary took place at about 4 a.m. Aug. 24 at the church, located at 54 S. State St.

Once inside the burglar damaged several office doors and shattered glass windows. Several offices also were vandalized but it is not yet known if anything was taken.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect is a heavy-set black man wearing a cream-colored shirt, blue pants, and red sneakers.

Police are continuing their investigation; anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7130. Tips may be left anonymously.

Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at tipsubmit.com.