According to spokesman Sgt. Walter Newton, Mark Bennett, 45, entered a residence in the 100 block of North Commerce Street, Kenton, through the front door sometime after 10:30 p.m. July 17, not realizing the 40-year-old homeowner was in the house.


Delaware State Police have charged a Kenton man after a homeowner interrupted an alleged burglary at his property and fought with the suspect.

According to spokesman Sgt. Walter Newton, Mark Bennett, 45, entered a residence in the 100 block of North Commerce Street, Kenton, through the front door sometime after 10:30 p.m. July 17, not realizing the 40-year-old homeowner was in the house.

Bennett allegedly made his way upstairs and was leaving with some property when he was confronted by the homeowner and an altercation ensued. The homeowner was able to call police before he confronted the suspect.

Troopers arrived on the scene and assisted the homeowner with subduing the suspect. Newton said Bennett continued to fight with troopers and was taken to BayHealth Kent General Hospital where he was treated for lacerations and contusions.

Bennett was charged with second-degree burglary, theft, resisting arrest, terroristic threatening and offensive touching.

No bail information was available.