Delaware State Police detectives are investigating a pair of home invasion that occurred in separate locations in Kent County.
The first occurred at approximately 2:57 a.m. June 25, at a home in the 100 block of Maple Oaks Lane, Twin Oaks Mobile Home Part, Kenton, said police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier. The suspects entered a bedroom where a 32-year-old man was sleeping and demanded money. The victim handed over his wallet which contained an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim then jumped through his bedroom window in an attempt to escape the robbers and fled to a neighboring trailer where he called 911. The suspects fled in a northerly direction through the park. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released for the injuries he suffered while getting away from the armed burglars.
The suspects were described as two black men wearing dark-colored clothing, gloves, and masks; one was armed with an unknown type of shotgun. There was no further description available, Fournier said.
The second incident was called in to the Emergency Operations Center in Kent County around 3:02 a.m. the same day after four masked subjects broke into a residence in the unit block of Briar Lane in the Briar Park Development near Camden. The armed men confronted the three residents with handguns and began tying them up. A 29-year-old man was physically assaulted by one of the intruders before they fled the house in an unknown direction with a shotgun, ammunition, a cell phone, and an undisclosed amount of money. The injured man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries. The man’s parents, a 56-year-old man and his 54-year-old wife were not injured in the incident.
The suspects were four men dressed all in black with dark-colored masks and gloves. All were armed with unknown types of handguns. No additional descriptions were available.
Detectives have determined these were not random acts, and the victims may have been targeted in the home invasions, Fournier said. These incidents are not believed to be related to one another, he added.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Troop 3 Major Crimes Unit at (302) 697-2104, or use the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available at www.delaware.gov/apps.
Information also may be provided to Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Information also may be provided via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com. Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”