Two men have been charged after they allegedly tried to hold up a man during a home invasion at the Persimmon Tree apartment complex.


The intended victim of an armed robbery attempt disarmed his attacker Friday morning, after which the suspected robber and an alleged accomplice were captured by police.

No property was taken and there were no injuries, said Dover Police Department spokesman Lt. Daniel McKeown.

The incident took place at 1:50 a.m. July 30 at the Persimmon Tree apartment complex, McKeown said. The victim said he answered a knock at his door and was confronted by two men, later identified as Marquan Richardson of Wilmington and Joseph Wilson of the 200 block of North DuPont Highway, Dover.

Richardson allegedly put a .22 caliber handgun against the victim’s stomach and demanded cash, but the victim said he struggled with Richardson, disarming him.

Richardson and Wilson fled, but were captured nearby by responding patrol officers, McKeown said.

Richardson, 18, and Wilson, 20, were charged with attempted robbery, conspiracy, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.

Both were jailed at the Vaughn Correctional Center, near Smyrna. Bond information was not available.